David Garcia, post doctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and co-author of Social Resilience in Online Communities: The Autopsy of Friendster, discusses the concept of social resilience and how online communities, like Facebook and Friendster, withstand changes in their environment.
Garcia’s paper examines one of the first online social networking sites, Friendster, and analyzes its post-mortem data to learn why users abandoned it.
Garcia goes on to explain how opportunity cost and cost benefit analysis can affect a user’s decision whether or not to remain in an online community.
- Social Resilience in Online Communities: The Autopsy of Friendster, Garcia, Mavrodiev, Schweitzer
- An autopsy of a dead social network, The Physics arXiV Blog
- Researchers conduct ‘autopsy’ of dead social network Friendster, Solon