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Chapter 14: Online Social Networks: Concepts for Data Collection and Analysis

Online Social Networks: Concepts for Data Collection and Analysis

ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKS: CONCEPTS FOR DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
Bernie Hogan

Introduction

Even by its name, the Internet pre-supposes the metaphor of a network. Pictures of networks adorn many of the now proliferating books on the Internet and some of the most popular platforms online now call themselves social network sites. In the decade since the previous version of this chapter, the idea that one can study the Internet as a network has become a foregone conclusion. Yet, not all networks are equivalent and not all networks are accessible. The following work is an updated version of the original chapter that similarly moves through many of the fundamentals of social networks and the Internet.

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