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The content industry has been undergoing a tremendous transformation in the last two decades. We focus in this paper on recent changes in the form of social computing. Although the content industry has implemented social computing to a large extent, it has done so from a techno-centric approach in which social features are viewed as complementary rather(More)
We use two computer programs for data collection. The first collects graph information and the second collects SalesRank information. Both use Amazon.com's XML data service. This service is part of the Amazon Web Services, which provide developers with direct access to Amazon's platform and databases. The program (crawler) which collects the graph starts at(More)
the Area Editor, and two anonymous reviewers for a number of helpful critiques and suggestions. Abstract Conventional wisdom suggests that network effects should drive faster market growth due to the bandwagon effect. However, as we show, network externalities may also create an initial slowdown effect on growth because potential customers wait for early(More)
O nline commercial interactions have increased dramatically over the last decade, leading to the emergence of networks that link the electronic commerce landing pages of related products to one another. Our paper conjectures that the explicit visibility of such " product networks " can alter demand spillovers across their constituent items. We test this(More)
Many sites have recently begun to encourage user participation and provide consumers with a virtual community wherein the user can create an on-site identity, make friends, and interact with other consumers. We study the interplay between users' functional and social behavior on media sites and their willingness to pay for premium services. We use data from(More)
Traditionally, the value of a product has been assessed according to the direct revenues the product creates. However, products do not exist in isolation but rather influence one another's sales. Such influence is especially evident in e-commerce environments, in which products are often presented as a collection of web pages linked by recommendation(More)
A number of industries are being transformed by IT ƒ Transformation of products from " tangible " to digital During this transition, simultaneous availability of ƒ Pure digital goods ƒ Traditional goods, embedded in physical (tangible) artifacts The " digital rights " conjecture Managing digital rights in order to deter piracy involves restricting the same(More)