Social Visualization Encouraging Participation in Online Communities

  • Lingling Sun
  • Julita Vassileva
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4154)


In order to encourage users to participate more actively and bring more contributions to peer-to-peer (p2p) online communities, we propose to create a motivational community visualization based on the social comparison theory. This paper describes the design of static version and a dynamic version of this visualization developed in our lab, explains the advantages and the disadvantages of the static version and the reason why we decided to develop the dynamic version. This paper also gives a detailed evaluation on the dynamic version.


participation online communities social visualization 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lingling Sun
    • 1
  • Julita Vassileva
    • 2
  1. 1.Solutions AB TELUS Business TransformationEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of SaskatchewanCanada

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