Journal Article

Longitudinal Change of an Online Political Discussion Forum: Antecedents of Discussion Network Size and Evolution

Sujin Choi, Joshua SungWoo Yang and Wenhong Chen

in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

Volume 23, issue 5, pages 260-277
Published in print September 2018 |
Published online July 2018 | e-ISSN: 1083-6101 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jcmc/zmy013

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Abstract

By analyzing 13-month longitudinal digital trace data, we examined why some people have larger discussion networks than others and which communication and relational characteristics contribute to the evolution of discussion network ties. Implementing a network analysis, we found that an online forum’s structural qualities tended to become stable over time. Discussants’ average network size was 4.6, and discussants retained one out of five members after more than one year. Those who had larger networks tended to participate in more conversations rather than staying longer or showing up more frequently. One’s reputation or potential political heterogeneity from the general consensus of the forum did not influence one’s network size. Reciprocity and popularity contributed to the maintenance or creation of discussion ties.

Keywords: Online Political forum; Political Discussion; Network Size; Network Stability; Longitudinal Approach; Network Analysis; RSiena

Journal Article.  9321 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Communication Studies ; Use of Technology in Communication ; Communication Theory and Methodology ; Information and Communication Technologies ; Media and Communication

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