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Here is a network graph of a 3000+ on-line community. The community is
on a platform that allows private messages/chats/web page visits
between members. Any member can read the public messages/announcements
posted by topic. Nodes are linked if they exchanged > 5 messages [of
any type via the membership system] in a specific period. As you can
see many people joined and 'use' the system but have not corresponded
with anyone directly yet... ~ 40% of this network are lurkers/isolates.
http://orgnet.com/OnlineCommunity2.pdf [4MB PDF]
On Sep 21, 2006, at 10:24 AM, Ryan Lanham wrote:
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> Has anyone studied "lurkers" in communities or networks? I am reminded
> of Erving Goffman's famous front stage/back stage metaphors. What role
> do lurkers perform? Are they actors? Is there an audience effect to
> discourse on listservs?
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