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Rhythms of Social Interaction: Messaging within a Massive Online Network


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Scott Golder, Dennis Wilkinson and Bernardo A. Huberman
Information Dynamics Laboratory, HP Labs


We have analyzed the fully anonymized headers of 362 million messages exchanged by 4.2 million users of Facebook, an online social network of college students, during a 26 month interval. The data reveal a number of strong daily and weekly regularities which provide insights into the time use of college students and their social lives, including seasonal variations. We also examined how factors such as school affiliation and informal online "friend" lists affect the observed behavior and temporal patterns. Finally, we show that Facebook users appear to be clustered by school with respect to their temporal messaging patterns.


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    Scott A. Golder, Dennis Wilkinson and Bernardo A. Huberman. "Rhythms of Social Interaction: Messaging within a Massive Online Network" 3rd International Conference on Communities and Technologies (CT2007). East Lansing, MI. June 28-30, 2007.


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