Just some thoughts

Monday, December 26, 2005

IT Conversations: Marc Smith - Catalyzing Collective Action on the Net

Here is an excellent talk given by Marc Smith. He's a research sociologist at Microsoft. He, and his group, have been data mining the usenet, and have uncovered some incredibly thought provoking things. For example, by looking whether someone posts many times per thread or just once or whether they frequently start threads (etc.) you can tell whether that person might be a flame warrior or an "answer guy."

This is about an hour long podcast, but it is highly recommended!


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