Building virtual communities on top of online social networks

Cuneyt Gurcan Akcora, Barbara Carminati, Elena Ferrari

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Abstract

Current day social networks have amassed large amounts of information on how people interact, consume data and disseminate ideas. Virtual organizations, on the other hand, have crafted frameworks and models to use such data in distributed, heterogeneous environments. In this paper, we discuss the benefits of using social network technologies in support of virtual organizations. To emphasize which types of virtual organizations can benefit most from a social network based approach, we give a classification of social network relationships. Building on the work of sociologists, we focus on the cases when organization memberships can increase the benefits for members while also helping the organization to advance its cause. As a proof of concept application for our proposed solution, we created an application running on the popular social network Facebook.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th International Conference on Information Warfare and Security, ICIW 2009
PublisherCurran Associates Inc.
Pages19-27
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781622766734
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Event4th International Conference on Information Warfare and Security, ICIW 2009 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 26 Mar 200927 Mar 2009

Publication series

Name4th International Conference on Information Warfare and Security, ICIW 2009

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Information Warfare and Security, ICIW 2009
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period26/3/0927/3/09

Keywords

  • Homophily
  • Social networks
  • Virtual organizations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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Akcora, C. G., Carminati, B., & Ferrari, E. (2009). Building virtual communities on top of online social networks. In 4th International Conference on Information Warfare and Security, ICIW 2009 (pp. 19-27). (4th International Conference on Information Warfare and Security, ICIW 2009). Curran Associates Inc..