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In search for a virtual settlement: an exploration of weblog community boundaries
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab.
2004 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article suggests an alternative, non-linear approach to identifying traces of community in weblog networks. Further, this paper addresses the ethnographic problem of participation observation as one author was a member of the community and one was not. Significant differences in the reading of artifacts were addressed in relation to this problem. It was concluded in this paper that weblogs form networks with large periphery membership and a strong thematically-based core with ‘fuzzy’ or fluid boundaries. These fluid boundaries allow for membership in the periphery to incorporate bloggers who blog about similar themes, while maintaining a strong reciprocal thematically linked core.


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Chicago, IL, 2004.
Keyword [en]
blogs, weblogs, conversation, social network analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-38417OAI: diva2:377498
Association of Internet Researchers conference
Available from: 2010-12-14 Created: 2010-12-14 Last updated: 2010-12-17Bibliographically approved

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