A Study of Formal and Informal Relations of Russian-Speaking Facebook Users
The paper analyses formal relations (“friendship”) among the Facebook users and studies their interrelation with informal relations (“commenting”). We define general characteristics of the network, give a definition to strong friendship links. Then we analyze strength of Facebook friendship links, study connectivity between a user’s friends, and give an answer to the question how users who have something in common are connected with each other. In conclusion, we consider interrelation between friendship and commenting links.
KeywordsSocial network Formal and informal relations Strong and weak ties
- 1.Lazarsfeld, P.F., Merton, R.K.: Friendship as a social process: a substantive and methodological analysis. In: Berger, M., Abel, T., Page, C.H. (eds.) Freedom and Control in Modern Society, pp. 18–66. Van Nostrand, New York (1954)Google Scholar
- 6.Granovetter, M.S.: The strength of weak ties: a network theory revisited. In: Marsden, P.V., Lin, N. (eds.) Social Structure and Network Analysis. Sage, Beverley Hills (1973)Google Scholar
- 7.Kadushin, C.: Understanding Social Networks: Theories, Concepts, and Findings, 252 p. Oxford University Press, Oxford (2012)Google Scholar
- 8.Wasserman, S.: Social Network Analysis: Methods and Applications, 825 p. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (1994)Google Scholar