Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2018 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Competition Within and Between Communities in Social Networks

  • Tim M. H. Li
  • Jennifer J. Xu
  • Michael Chau
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7131-2_216


 Rival communities;  Social communities competition


Influential leader

An active user who spreads information to many other users in a virtual community

Virtual community

A community on the Internet whose members share common beliefs or interests


Social networking sites provide users group functions to establish explicit communities or groups. In business environments, many large corporations, organizations, and government agencies maintain explicit groups to facilitate communication among the group members in order to promote employer-employee or company-customer relationships. Unlike explicit communities, implicit communities do not rely on group functions but form based on interactions, such as subscription, linking, or commenting, among users. Virtual communities have been used to serve various purposes, some of which, unfortunately, are not quite positive. For example, some covert organizations such as hate groups take advantage of social networking...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, LKS Faculty of MedicineThe University of Hong KongHong Kong SARChina
  2. 2.Department of Computer Information SystemsBentley UniversityWalthamUSA
  3. 3.School of Business, Faculty of Business and EconomicsThe University of Hong KongHong Kong SARChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Huan Liu
    • 1
  • Lei Tang
    • 2
  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.Chief Data Scientist, Clari Inc.SunnyvaleUSA