How social is social bookmarking?

Sudha Ram, Wei Wei

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Abstract

Social bookmarking services allow a user to make her personal collection of favorite web resources accessible by the public. The content of this collection can attract users of "similar minds" and therefore has tremendous potential to enable networking and collaboration. In this research, we analyzed a large dataset collected from one of the most popular social bookmarking services. To understand why there is a large gap between a user's explicit network and her implicit user-user association networks based on common resources or common tags, we compared a users' bookmark resources and tags to those of her explicit network members. Our results suggest that a typical social bookmarking service user does not create her explicit network based on common interests. We discuss the implications behind the gap between a user's explicit network and implicit network and propose solutions to enhance and improve the "social" functions of social bookmarking services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 IEEE International Workshop on Business Applications of Social Network Analysis, BASNA 2010
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event2010 IEEE International Workshop on Business Applications of Social Network Analysis, BASNA 2010 - Bangalore, India
Duration: Dec 15 2010Dec 15 2010

Publication series

Name2010 IEEE International Workshop on Business Applications of Social Network Analysis, BASNA 2010

Other

Other2010 IEEE International Workshop on Business Applications of Social Network Analysis, BASNA 2010
CountryIndia
CityBangalore
Period12/15/1012/15/10

Keywords

  • Delicious
  • Resource
  • Social bookmarking
  • Social network
  • Tag

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Ram, S., & Wei, W. (2010). How social is social bookmarking? In 2010 IEEE International Workshop on Business Applications of Social Network Analysis, BASNA 2010 [5730302] (2010 IEEE International Workshop on Business Applications of Social Network Analysis, BASNA 2010). https://doi.org/10.1109/BASNA.2010.5730302