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William H. Dutton and Paul W. Jeffreys

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014397

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014397.001.0001

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5.2 Social Networking and e-Research

5.2 Social Networking and e-Research

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(p.157) 5.2 Social Networking and e-Research
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World Wide Research
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Mike Thelwall

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014397.003.0019

From an e-Research perspective, social networking is of interest for two reasons. First, the software is complex and based on large databases containing users' details, pictures, and other resources. Second, the success of social networks and Web 2.0 defies conventional wisdom. The reason why social networking systems seem to work is that they are enjoyable enough to attract enthusiastic users from an early stage. This chapter discusses the role of social networking in e-Research as well as the opportunities and risks it presents.

Keywords:   e-Research, social networking, software, social networks, Web 2.0

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