Emergence of online communities: Empirical evidence and theory

  title={Emergence of online communities: Empirical evidence and theory},
  author={Yaniv Dover and Guy Kelman},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
Online communities, which have become an integral part of the day-to-day life of people and organizations, exhibit much diversity in both size and activity level; some communities grow to a massive scale and thrive, whereas others remain small, and even wither. In spite of the important role of these proliferating communities, there is limited empirical evidence that identifies the dominant factors underlying their dynamics. Using data collected from seven large online platforms, we observe a… 

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