publication . Article . 2008

Text in social networking Web sites: A word frequency analysis of Live Spaces

Mike Thelwall;
Open Access English
  • Published: 25 Feb 2008 Journal: First Monday (issn: 1396-0466, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of Illinois at Chicago University Library
Abstract
Social networking sites are owned by a wide section of society and seem to dominate Web usage. Despite much research into this phenomenon, little systematic data is available. This article partially fills this gap with a pilot text analysis of one social networking site, Live Spaces. The text in 3,071 English language Live Spaces sites was monitored daily for six months and word frequency statistics calculated and compared with those from the British National Corpus. The results confirmed the existence of common domain-specific words and a marked personal focus. Unexpectedly, however, there was no evidence of an unusual degree of experimentation with new words o...
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free text keywords: Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Networks and Communications, Law, English language, Word frequency analysis, Gender bias, Word lists by frequency, Public relations, business.industry, business, Phenomenon, Social psychology, Computer science, British National Corpus, Media studies, Web usage, Social network
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publication . Article . 2008

Text in social networking Web sites: A word frequency analysis of Live Spaces

Mike Thelwall;