Social resilience in online communities: The autopsy of Friendster

David García, Pavlin Mavrodiev, Frank Schweitzer.Proceedings of the 1st ACM Conference in Online Social Networks (COSN’13) 2013 Listed in MIT Technology Review Best of 2013We empirically analyze five online communities: Friendster, Livejournal, Facebook, Orkut, Myspace, to identify causes for the decline of social networks. We define social resilience as the ability of a community to …

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Measuring cultural dynamics through the Eurovision song contest

David García, Dorian Tanase.Advances in Complex Systems, 16, 2013Measuring culture and its dynamics through surveys has important limitations, but the emerging field of computational social science allows us to overcome them by analyzing large-scale datasets. In this article, we study cultural dynamics through the votes in the Eurovision song contest, which are decided by a …

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