On Facebook, Most Ties are Weak

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 57, No. 11, Pages 78-84, 2014

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Pasquale De Meo

University of Messina - Faculty of Science

Emilio Ferrara

University of Southern California - Information Sciences Institute

Giacomo Fiumara

University of Messina - Faculty of Science

Alessandro Provetti

Birkbeck Institute for Data Analytics

Date Written: November 1, 2014

Abstract

Pervasive socio-technical networks bring new conceptual and technological challenges to developers and users alike. A central research theme is evaluation of the intensity of relations linking users and how they facilitate communication and the spread of information. These aspects of human relationships have been studied extensively in the social sciences under the framework of the "strength of weak ties" theory proposed by Mark Granovetter. Some research has considered whether that theory can be extended to online social networks like Facebook, suggesting interaction data can be used to predict the strength of ties. The approaches being used require handling user-generated data that is often not publicly available due to privacy concerns.

Suggested Citation

De Meo, Pasquale and Ferrara, Emilio and Fiumara, Giacomo and Provetti, Alessandro, On Facebook, Most Ties are Weak (November 1, 2014). Communications of the ACM, Vol. 57, No. 11, Pages 78-84, 2014 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2982717

Pasquale De Meo

University of Messina - Faculty of Science ( email )

Messina
Italy

Emilio Ferrara (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Information Sciences Institute ( email )

United States

HOME PAGE: http://emilio.ferrara.name

Giacomo Fiumara

University of Messina - Faculty of Science ( email )

Messina
Italy

Alessandro Provetti

Birkbeck Institute for Data Analytics ( email )

Malet Street
London, London WC1
United Kingdom

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