Another conference focused on research on blogs and other forms of social media is “ICWSM” – the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media. I was able to attend the previous meeting of this conference last March in Seattle and give a talk about different classifications of social media and I am looking forward to attending this year’s meeting in San Jose. Last year we had a poster paper in the conference about the ways some users in a blog system called Wallop were able to hold other users in the system.
Some Users Pack a Wallop: Measuring the Impact of Core Users on the Participation of Others in Online Social Systems
Thomas M. Lento, Eric Gleave, Marc A. Smith, Howard T. Welser
There was also a paper about the lessons learned from managing large corporate online community efforts.
Space Planning for Online Community
Danyel Fisher, Tammara Combs Turner, Marc A. Smith
This year, we have a poster in the conference that is focused on the ways network structures created when people reply to one another can be used to predict whether a message or thread is a question and answer exchange or a long discussion or debate.
Distinguishing Knowledge vs. Social Capital in Social Media with Roles and Context
Vladimir Barash, Marc Smith, Lise Getoor, Howard Welser
The conference attracts some great people and features the state of the art in research at the intersections of computer science, natural language processing, social network analysis, search engine/information retrieval design, information visualization, knowledge management and the social sciences. That can be eclectic but this is the place for hearing about new work on Wikis, Blogs, Message Boards, and other social media systems like social networking services, micro-blogging systems, and mobile software.
The conference is held this year in May, from the 17th-20th, in San Jose, California.
Here are my pictures from last year’s ICWSM in 2008, held in Seattle, Washington.
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There is also a nice picture from Joe McCarthy of Tom Lento and me in front of our poster at ICWSM 2008.