Surfing a Web of Trust: Reputation and Reciprocity on CouchSurfing.com

@article{Lauterbach2009SurfingAW,
  title={Surfing a Web of Trust: Reputation and Reciprocity on CouchSurfing.com},
  author={Debra Lauterbach and Hung Truong and Tanuj Shah and Lada A. Adamic},
  journal={2009 International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering},
  year={2009},
  volume={4},
  pages={346-353}
}
Reputation mechanisms are essential for online transactions, where the parties have little prior experience with one another. This is especially true when transactions result in offline interactions. There are few situations requiring more trust than letting a stranger sleep in your home, or conversely, staying on someone else’s couch. Couchsurfing.com allows individuals to do just this. The global CouchSurfing network displays a high degree of reciprocal interaction and a large strongly… 

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