Why do People Participate in Small Online Communities?

  title={Why do People Participate in Small Online Communities?},
  author={Sohyeon Hwang and Jeremy Foote},
  journal={Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction},
  pages={1 - 25}
  • Sohyeon Hwang, Jeremy Foote
  • Published 2021
  • Computer Science
  • Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
Many benefits of online communities---such as obtaining new information, opportunities, and social connections---increase with size. Thus, a "successful'' online community often evokes an image of hundreds of thousands of users, and practitioners and researchers alike have sought to devise methods to achieve growth and thereby, success. On the other hand, small online communities exist in droves and many persist in their smallness over time. Turning to the highly popular discussion website… Expand

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