Will Networking Nerds Pay for Stuff That Matters? The Relationship between Social Networks and Subscriptions in Virtual Communities

@article{Bernier2009WillNN,
  title={Will Networking Nerds Pay for Stuff That Matters? The Relationship between Social Networks and Subscriptions in Virtual Communities},
  author={Melanie Bernier and Dale Ganley},
  journal={2009 International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering},
  year={2009},
  volume={4},
  pages={741-746}
}
In this paper, we explore how the choice to pay subscription fees may be influenced by social network behavior in virtual communities. We examine subscription information from a popular website, Slashdot.org, a “news for nerds – stuff that matters” site dedicated to technology related news, and study the relationship between network usage, activity level, status, group participation and network investment with subscriptions. We find that subscription payments were more closely associated with… CONTINUE READING

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