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Hi Dhrubodhi,
Maybe you find something interesting in the following literature list on online social networks // virtual communities:

Alexandre, A., Maurer, M., Li, W., Wentling, T., & Stuedemann , R. 2006. Cultural influences on knowledge sharing through online communities of practice. Journal of Knowledge Management, 10(1): 94-107.

Butler, B. S. 2001. Membership size, communication activity, and sustainability: A resource-based model of online social structures. Information Systems Research, 12(4): 346.

Dodds, P., Sheridan, M., Roby, & Watts, D. J. 2003. An Experimental Study of Search in Global Social Networks. Science, 301(5634).

Ellis, A. E. 2003. Personality Type and Participation in Networked Learning Environments. Educational Media International, 40(1-2): 101-114.
Etzioni, A. & Etzioni, O. 1997. Editorial: Communities: Virtual vs. Real. Science, 277(5324): 295.

Füller, J., Bartl, M., Ernst, H., & Mühlbacher, H. 2006. Community based innovation: How to integrate members of virtual communities into new product development. Electronic Commerce Research, 6(1).

Haythornthwaite, C. & Wellman, B. 1998. Work, Friendship, and Media Use for Information Exchange in a Networked Organization. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 49(12): 1101-1115.

Haythornthwaite, C. 2000. Online Personal Networks: Size, Composition and Media Use among Distance Learners. New Media & Society, 2(2): 195-226.
Haythornthwaite, C. 2002. Strong, Weak, and Latent Ties and the Impact of New Media. The Information Society, 18: 385-401.

Huffaker, D. A. & Calvert, S. L. 2005. Gender, Identity, and Language Use in Teenage Blogs. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 10(2): 00-00.
Kavanaugh, A., Carroll, J. M., Rosson, M. B., Zin, T. T., & Reese, D. D. 2005. Community networks: Where offline communities meet online. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 10(4).

Kim, A. J. 2000. Community Building on the Web. Berkeley, CA: Peachpit Press.

Livingstone, S. & Bober, M. 2004. Taking up online opportunities? Children's uses of the internet for education, communication and participation. E-Learning, 1(3): 395-419.

Matel, S. & Ball-Rokeach, S. J. 2001. Real and virtual social ties: Connections in the everyday lives of seven ethnic neighborhoods. The American Behavioral Scientist, 45(3): 550-567.

McLure Wasko, M. & Faraj, S. 2000. "It is what one does": why people participate and help others in electronic communities of practice. Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 9: 155-173.

McWilliam, G. 2000. Building Stronger Brands through Online Communities. Sloan Management Review, 41(3): 43-55.

Mesch, G. & Talmud , I. 2006. The Quality of Online and Offline Relationships: The Role of Multiplexity and Duration of Social Relationships. The Information Society, 22(3): 137 - 148.

Park, H. W. 2003. Hyperlink Network Analysis: A New Method for the Study of Social Structure on the Web. Connections, 25(1): 49-61.

Preece, J., Abras, C., & Maloney-Krichmar, D. 2004. Designing and evaluating online communities: research speaks to emerging practice. International Journal of Web Based Communities, 1(1): 2-18.

Preece, J., Nonnecke, B., & Andrews, D. 2004. The top five reasons for lurking: improving community experiences for everyone. Computers in Human Behavior, 20(2): 201-223 

Rothaermel, F. T. & Sugiyama, S. 2001. Virtual internet communities and commercial success: individual and community-level theory grounded in the atypical case of Journal of Management, 27(3): 297-312.

Wang, Y. & Fesenmaier, D. R. 2004. Modeling Participation in an Online Travel Community. Journal of Travel Research, 42(3): 261-270.

Wellman, B., Salaff, J., Dimitrova, D., Garton, L., Gulia, M., & Haythornthwaite, C. 1996. Computer Networks as Social Networks: Collaborative Work, Telework, and Virtual Community. Annual Review of Sociology, 22: 213-238.

Wellman, B., Haase, A. Q., Witte, J., & Hampton, K. 2001. Does the Internet increase, decrease, or supplement social capital? Social networks, participation, and community commitment. The American Behavioral Scientist, 45(3): 436-459.


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Hi All

I am planning to design a study of an online portal that host an Internet
based platform for senior citizens for social networking and information
accessing purposes. They have a huge list of online membership. We are
mostly interested to study how this initiative is sucessful in creating an
online social network for its affiliated members and connecting them to
information about health and other services and other areas of interest. I
would appreciate if any of you cen refer  me literature or suggestion on how
to go about desgining the data collection procedures? Any literature on such
online social network research also would be very appreciated.



Dhrubodhi Mukherjee. MSW, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618 453 5356
Fax: 618 453 4291

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