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Rethinking Information Diversity in Networks

Do friends shape the information you see and read online? Some claim that social networks act like echo chambers in which people only consume and share information from likeminded close friends, stifling the spread of diverse information. Our study paints a different picture of the world.

The Links of Love

Some people marry their high school sweethearts and live together ‘til death do them part’. Other couples go their separate ways and find love anew. All these collective romantic movements can be used to construct a relationship graph. Relationship graphs (Susan dated Joe who previously dated Jane...) are difficult to maintain on a napkin or a whiteboard because who’s dating whom can quickly become yesterday’s news. But on Facebook, updating a relationship status is as easy as a couple of clicks.

Like My Status: Memology 2011

Memology takes the pulse of this global community by comparing this year's status updates to last year's, unearthing the most popular topics and cultural trends - or memes - emerging on Facebook. Whether it's hmu, lms or tbh, each year brings a new set of three letter acronyms that go viral.

  An Unobtrusive Behavioral Model of Gross National Happiness

ABSTRACT: I analyze the use of emotion words for approximately 100million Facebook users since September of 2007. “Gross national happiness” is operationalized as a standardized difference between the use of positive and negative words, aggregated across days, and present a graph of this metric. I begin to validate this metric by showing that positive and negative word use in status updates covaries with self-reported satisfaction with life (convergent validity), and also note that the graph shows peaks and valleys on days that are culturally and emotionally significant (facevalidity). I discuss the development and computation of this metric, argue that this metric and graph serves as are presentation of the overall emotional health of the nation, and discuss the importance of tracking such metrics