Track: Social Networks
Exploring Social Dynamics in Online Media Sharing
- Martin Halvey (UCD Dublin)
- Mark Keane (UCD Dublin)
It is now feasible to view media at home as easily as text-based pages were viewed when the Web first appeared. This development has led to the emergence of media sharing and search services providing hosting, indexing and access to large, online media repositories. Many of these sharing services also have a social aspect to them. This paper provides an initial analysis of the social interactions on a video sharing and search service. Initial results show that many users do not form social networks in the community and a very small number do not appear to contribute to the wider community. However, it does seem that people who use the tools available to form social connections do so often. This shows some hope for the future, and the possibility of leveraging off of these social networks to aid users of these services e.g. in searching for new media.