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With all the "social networking software", Freindster, LinkedIn, Ryze,
Spoke, Visible Path and so on I am wondering:
- Is there any definition of the outcomes that they are trying to
achieve in any way that could be tested?
- Is there any discussion of the types of tie and what constitutes
- Is there any attempts to use network structure like structural
equivalance to answer questions (based on the outcome above)?
(Note: I talked to Reid and Johnathon, from LinkedIn and Friendster
and the answer they gave was 'no.' Spoke and Visible Path are
keeping it closer to the chest).
- Will any of the data become available to researchers? (I think
here of Ron Burt's reinterpretation of Coleman et al's data on
diffusion - many minds ...).
Don Steiny - Central Coast Angel Network - www.ccangels.net
Institute for Social Network Analysis of the Economy - www.isnae.org
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