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Online Communication in Apartment Buildings
Natl Res Univ Higher Sch Econ, 16 Ulitsa Soyuza Pechatnikov, St Petersburg 190121, Russia..
Natl Res Univ Higher Sch Econ, 16 Ulitsa Soyuza Pechatnikov, St Petersburg 190121, Russia..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media. Natl Res Univ Higher Sch Econ, 16 Ulitsa Soyuza Pechatnikov, St Petersburg 190121, Russia..
Natl Res Univ Higher Sch Econ, 16 Ulitsa Soyuza Pechatnikov, St Petersburg 190121, Russia..
2015 (English)In: Social Informatics, 2015, 52-55 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper we explore main patterns of communication and cooperation in online groups created by residents of apartment buildings in St. Petersburg on the VK social networking site (SNS). Using word-frequency analysis and Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA), we discovered main discussion topics in online groups. We have also found that communication between neighbors in these groups is predominantly connected with material needs and directed at solving common problems, e. g. related to building improvement, houseowner associations (HOA) and in-fill constructions near their house. Based on online observations of city activists, we suggest that dynamic nature of SNS creates online communities that initially are dedicated to resolving particular problems, however the connections that get established between users during this process prevent such groups from falling apart even after the resolution of the original issues.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. 52-55 p.
Series
Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ISSN 0302-9743 ; 8852
Keyword [en]
Online communities, Homeowners, Neighbors cooperation
National Category
Computer and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-303222DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-15168-7_7ISI: 000380559900007ISBN: 9783319151687; 9783319151670OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-303222DiVA: diva2:971003
Conference
SocInfo International Workshops, NOV 10, 2014, Barcelona, SPAIN
Available from: 2016-09-15 Created: 2016-09-15 Last updated: 2016-09-15Bibliographically approved

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