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I'm starting a new project that will involve logging the email habits of a
number of volunteers and building/interpreting the resulting email egonets.
One of the ideas on the table was to see if emailers fell into different
categories of use, based on their immediate social network (say
'power-networkers' who send a lot of messages out there or 'answerfolk' who
always reply but rarely start a conversation).
So I'm interested in hearing about any past work on theories of 'networking'
or typologies of network users. I'm familiar with most of Barry Wellman's
tech/networks work particular the local virtuality stuff with Anabel
Quan-Hasse and the weak ties email survey with Jeff Boase. I've also thought
a bit about Ron Burt's work on the emergence and relevance of structural
I'd love to hear about any other research out there, particularly any
interpretive theories of how/why people engage with networks of varying
size, density, heterogeneity. Offline research works too!
P.S. This will be much appreciated both for my current short-term project
and my more long-term dissertation study :)
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