Bibliography of Research on Social Network Sites

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Last updated: 3/10/10

This page provides a bibliography of articles concerning social network sites. For an overview of this space, including a definition of "social network sites," a history of SNSs, and a literature review, see boyd & Ellison's 2007 introduction to the JCMC Special Issue on Social Network Sites, Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship. Example social network sites addressed include: Friendster, MySpace, Facebook, Orkut, Cyworld, Mixi, Black Planet, Dodgeball, and LiveJournal.

The research contained below is focused specifically on social network sites (sometimes called "social networking" sites). Some of this is connected to social media, social software, Web2.0, social bookmarking, educational technologies, communities research, etc. but the organizing focus is specifically SNSs. This list is not methodologically or disciplinarily organized. There is work here from communications, information science, anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, cultural studies, computer science, etc.

I try to keep this up to date so please send me additional publications as you learn of them. I do not host articles so only those hosted elsewhere are linked. Please contact the author if you want a copy of an article that is not linked.

Update, 7/15/10: We're having some bugs with the Exhibit framework. In the meantime, feel free to use the bibTeX version of this bibliography.