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The Karma of Digg: Reciprocity in Online Social Networks

Elliot Sadlon, Yasuaki Sakamoto, Samuel Barrett, and Jeffrey V. Nickerson. The Karma of Digg: Reciprocity in Online Social Networks. In Proceedings of the 18th Annual Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS), December 2008.

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Abstract

What motivates participants to donate their time to collective intelligence web sites? We examine the possible mechanisms that drive the website Digg, an online news consolidator in which users help determine the popularity and visibility of stories and other web-based information. Those who submit stories that become popular also actively read and vote for each otherĂ¢s stories. This behavior can be explained as a form of reciprocity; we show evidence for this and discuss the implications for other communities of practice.

BibTeX

@InProceedings{WITS08-Sadlon,
  author = {Elliot Sadlon and Yasuaki Sakamoto and Samuel Barrett and Jeffrey V. Nickerson},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 18th Annual Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS)},
  title = {The Karma of {D}igg: Reciprocity in Online Social Networks},
  year = {2008},
  month = {December},
  location = {Paris, France},
  abstract={
    What motivates participants to donate their time to collective intelligence web
    sites? We examine the possible mechanisms that drive the website Digg, an
    online news consolidator in which users help determine the popularity and
    visibility of stories and other web-based information. Those who submit
    stories that become popular also actively read and vote for each otherĂ¢s
    stories. This behavior can be explained as a form of reciprocity; we show
    evidence for this and discuss the implications for other communities of
    practice.
  }
}

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