Leaders and Followers in Social Networking Environments: A Conceptual Model

  title={Leaders and Followers in Social Networking Environments: A Conceptual Model},
  author={Celia Romm Livermore and Pierluigi Rippa},
  journal={Int. J. E Politics},
This conceptual paper focuses on understanding the characteristics and behaviors of leaders and followers in social networking communities. The study differentiates between four groups of actors: "Established Leaders", "Emergent Leaders", "Newbies", and "Supporters". Based on a review of the literature on leaders and followers in virtual groups, the Leader/Follower Behavior in Social Networking Environments model is presented. The model assumes that the characteristics of actors determine the… 
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