Understanding Innovations and Conventions and Their Diffusion Process in Online Social Media
This thesis investigates innovations, trends, conventions and practices in online social media. Tackling these problems will give more insight into how their users use these online platforms with the hope that the results can be generalized to the offline world. Every major step in human history was accompanied by an innovation, from the time that mankind invented and mastered the production of fire, to the invention of the World Wide Web. The societal process of adopting innovations has been a case that has fascinated many researchers throughout the past century. Prior to the existence of online social networks, economists and sociologists were able to study these phenomena on small groups of people through microeconomics and microsociology. However, the data gathered from these online communities help us to take one step further, initiating studies on macroeconomic and macrosociologal problems—in addition to the previous two areas. Work in this thesis sheds light on the properties of both innovators and laggards, the expansion and adaptation of innovation, competition among innovations with the same purpose, and the eventual crowding out of competitor innovations in the target society. Lastly, we look at the bigger picture by studying the entire diffusion process as a whole, abstracting out a great deal of details. This offers a view on why every single idea, content, product, etc., fails to go viral.
Cascades; Conventions; Data Mining; Innovations; Spread of Influence; Computer science; Social Media
Kleinberg, Jon M.
Kleinberg, Robert David; Lee, Lillian Jane; Ghosh, Arpita
Ph. D., Computer Science
Doctor of Philosophy
Attribution 4.0 International
dissertation or thesis
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