Studying Paths of Participation in Viral Diffusion Process

  • Jarosław Jankowski
  • Sylwia Ciuberek
  • Anita Zbieg
  • Radosław Michalski
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7710)


Authors propose a conceptual model of participation in viral diffusion process composed of four stages: awareness, infection, engagement and action. To verify the model it has been applied and studied in the virtual social chat environment settings. The study investigates the behavioural paths of actions that reflect the stages of participation in the diffusion and presents shortcuts, that lead to the final action – the attendance in a virtual event. The results show that the participation in each stage of the process increases the probability of reaching the final action. Nevertheless, the majority of users involved in the virtual event did not go through each stage of the process but followed the shortcuts. That suggests that the viral diffusion process is not necessarily a linear sequence of human actions but rather a dynamic system.


information diffusion online social networks participation model multistage analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jarosław Jankowski
    • 1
  • Sylwia Ciuberek
    • 2
  • Anita Zbieg
    • 3
    • 4
  • Radosław Michalski
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Computer ScienceWest Pomeranian University of TechnologySzczecinPoland
  2. 2.Institute of InformaticsWrocław University of TechnologyPoland
  3. 3.Institute of PsychologyUniversity of WrocławPoland
  4. 4.Wroclaw University of EconomicsPoland

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