Characterizing user groups in online social networks

László Gyarmati, Tuan Anh Trinh

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Abstract

The users' role is crucial in the development, deployment and the success of online social networks (OSNs). Despite this fact, little is known and even less has been published about user activities in the operating OSNs. In this paper, we present a large scale measurement analysis of user behaviour, in terms of time spent online, in some popular OSNs, namely Bebo, Flixster, MySpace, and Skyrock, and characterise user groups in OSNs. We used more than 200 PlanetLab [1] nodes for our measurement, monitored more than 3000 users for three weeks by downloading repeatedly their profile pages; more than 100 million pages were processed in total. The main findings of the paper are the following. Firstly, we create a measurement framework in order to observe user activity. Secondly, we present cumulative usage statistics of the different OSNs. Thirdly, we classify the monitored users into different groups and characterise the common properties of the members. Finally, we illustrate the wide applicability of our datasets by predicting the sign out method of the OSN users.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Internet of the Future - 15th Open European Summer School and IFIP TC6.6 Workshop, EUNICE 2009, Proceedings
Pages59-68
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2009
Event15th Open European Summer School and IFIP TC6.6 Workshop: The Internet of the Future, EUNICE 2009 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 7 Sep 20099 Sep 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5733 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other15th Open European Summer School and IFIP TC6.6 Workshop: The Internet of the Future, EUNICE 2009
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period7/9/099/9/09

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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Gyarmati, L., & Trinh, T. A. (2009). Characterizing user groups in online social networks. In The Internet of the Future - 15th Open European Summer School and IFIP TC6.6 Workshop, EUNICE 2009, Proceedings (pp. 59-68). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 5733 LNCS). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-03700-9_7