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Info Traders, Innovation and Information Spread

  • Biser ZlatanovEmail author
  • Maya Koleva
Part of the Media Business and Innovation book series (MEDIA)

Abstract

The main aim of this chapter is to define and explore the effects of the information spread and the actors who introduce fundamental changes in the information stream direction across the converging media channels. The actors in social networks and influence thresholds are important determinants that affect behaviour of the rest of the nodes in online social networks. Contrary to the popular notion it was proved during the study that the expression of opinion and high activity do not create influence. The most vocal nodes in the graphs were not the most influential or even next to the most influential.

The research presents evidence how technological convergence produces social divergence which is based on newly introduced “segregation” rules in the online social networks. The models of technology adoption and network structure are important and determine the effects of the information diffusion and the rate of contagion that affect the process of convergence, namely the shifts in cultural and social paradigms. While the quantity of information rises, the ability to process and the competence to operate with is bounded, this leads to the superiority of the most technologically and/or communicationally advanced individuals and organizations—the info traders. We define three categories (dimensions) of info traders and explain their role in the networks through the presented case studies.

Keywords

Influence networks Information diffusion Rumours Influentials Social network analysis Info trader 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sofia UniversitySofiaBulgaria

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