Assessing the Evolution of Google+ in Its First Two Years

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dc.contributor.author González, Roberto
dc.contributor.author Cuevas Rumín, Rubén
dc.contributor.author Motamedi, Reza
dc.contributor.author Rejaie, Reza
dc.contributor.author Cuevas Rumín, Ángel
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-15T10:24:40Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-15T10:24:40Z
dc.date.issued 2016-06
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Gonzalez, R., Cuevas, R., Motamedi, R., Rejaie, R., Cuevas, A. (2016). Assessing the Evolution of Google+ in Its First Two Years. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 24(3), 1813–1826.
dc.identifier.issn 1063-6692
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/31924
dc.description.abstract In the era when Facebook and Twitter dominate the market for social media, Google has introduced Google+ (G+) and reported a significant growth in its size while others called it a ghost town. This begs the question of whether G+ can really attract a significant number of connected and active users despite the dominance of Facebook and Twitter. This paper presents a detailed longitudinal characterization of G+ based on large-scale measurements. We identify the main components of G+ structure and characterize the key feature of their users and their evolution over time. We then conduct detailed analysis on the evolution of connectivity and activity among users in the largest connected component (LCC) of G+ structure, and compare their characteristics to other major online social networks (OSNs). We show that despite the dramatic growth in the size of G+, the relative size of the LCC has been decreasing and its connectivity has become less clustered. While the aggregate user activity has gradually increased, only a very small fraction of users exhibit any type of activity, and an even smaller fraction of these users attracts any reaction. The identity of users with most followers and reactions reveal that most of them are related to high-tech industry. To our knowledge, this study offers the most comprehensive characterization of G+ based on the largest collected datasets.
dc.description.sponsorship This work was supported In part by the European Union under Projects FP7 METRICS (607728) and FP7 eCOUSIN (EU-FP7-318398), the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. IIS-0917381, the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad of SPAIN under the project BigDatAAM (FIS2013-47532-C3-3-P), and the Regional Government of Madrid under the project BRADE-CM (P2013/ICE-2958).
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher IEEE/ACM
dc.rights © 2016 IEEE.
dc.subject.other Characterization
dc.subject.other Evolution
dc.subject.other Google
dc.subject.other Measurements
dc.subject.other Online social networks
dc.title Assessing the Evolution of Google+ in Its First Two Years
dc.type article
dc.subject.eciencia Telecomunicaciones
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1109/TNET.2015.2433792
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.relation.projectID Gobierno de España. FIS2013-47532-C3-3-P
dc.relation.projectID Comunidad de Madrid. P2013/ICE-2958
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/607728/METRICS
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/318398/COUSIN
dc.type.version acceptedVersion
dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 1813
dc.identifier.publicationissue 3
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 1826
dc.identifier.publicationtitle IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 24
dc.identifier.uxxi AR/0000018228
dc.contributor.funder Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (España)
dc.contributor.funder Comunidad de Madrid
dc.contributor.funder European Commission
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