[rdfweb-dev] FW: [social] call for data on internet use
GK at ninebynine.org
Fri Oct 3 18:33:14 UTC 2003
I'm not sure if it helps, but this reminded me of TimBL's comments 
about fractal society (and the web, of course).
At 19:57 03/10/03 +0200, Danny Ayers wrote:
>Maybe someone here can help?
>From: bernie.hogan at utoronto.ca [mailto:bernie.hogan at utoronto.ca]
>Sent: 01 August 2003 10:41
>To: Social Software Alliance
>Subject: [social] call for data on internet use
>I am now working on an academic paper with Barry Wellman on Netwokred
>Individualism, which is essentailly the idea that people exist as
>multi-dimensional individuals (one for family, one for work, one for tennis
>..'cept for me cause I suck at sports.), and have different networks for
>In essence, we don't live as individuals or as groups, all the time, but
>something in between. The paper itself is about the social afordances and
>constraints of technology, meaning that they allow and disallow certain
>What I'm wondering about in terms of data, if anyone has any that's publicly
>- how many are using IMs, and which ones?
>- how often do people message (or email) 1)individual 2)many individuals 3)
>- under what conditions and how often do people share email accounts (even
>I am aware of the General Social Survey's Internet Module [and if anyone
>to find out how they can analyze this data themselves write me or check out
>webuse.umd.edu] and the work of the Pew Internet and American Life project
>And also on the note of social affordances and constraints, anybody want to
>throw out some?
>*Backchanneling*: Initially a property of IRC and MOOS, backchanneling is a
>common affordance of group oriented software. It means that two people in a
>chatspace of many can have a separate conversation unbeknownst to the whole
>group. By their nature, IMs that support group chatting can backchannel, as
>email groups, when someone reads a post and replies only to that person.
>Backchanneling increases the density of the network that is the members of a
>Department of Sociology
>NetLab, Knowledge Meida Design Institute
>University of Toronto
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