"Earn Your Bull$&!*": User Lifecycles in Social Media

Speaker: Cliff Lampe , Michigan State University

Date: Friday, April 22, 2011

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Refreshments: 2:45 PM

Public: Yes

Location: Patil/Kiva Seminar Room, 32-G449

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Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL

Contact: Juho Kim, 6507969759, juhokim@mit.edu

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Reminder Subject: TALK: "Earn Your Bull$&!*": User Lifecycles in Social Media


"Social media sites, or online communities, depend on user
participation and contribution in order to be viable. Users
contribute comments, articles, pictures and more to flesh out the
architectures these sites provide. Some users take on leadership
roles in user-generated content communities, becoming mentors and
administrators of the sites. There's a debate about whether these
contributors are socialized in some way to become valuable
participants in the site, or whether they come to the sites already
primed for the role they will eventually take. Using data from
Everything2.com, a user generated encyclopedia started by the same
team that started Slashdot, we'll discuss this debate, and show how
motivation and external events can shape this lifecycle of users in
these sites."


Cliff Lampe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State
University. He received his PhD from the School of Information at the
University of Michigan. Cliff studies the effects of social media
use, which has two main aspects. In one line of work, he studies
sites like Facebook, Slashdot, Everything2 and more to show how social
and technical systems interact, and what are the effects of those
interactions on users. In another line of work, he creates social
media sites, like GreatLakesEcho, GreatPlaceNetwork, MichEEN and more
to show how social media can be used in the public sector. Cliff is
crazy tall.

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