Virtual communities? The Middle East revolutions at the Guardian forum: Comment Is Free
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Received in final form: 11 September 2011
Published online: 24 October 2011
We investigate the possibility of virtual community formation in an online social network under a rapid increase of activity of members and newcomers. The evolution is studied of the activity of online users at the Guardian – Comment Is Free forum – covering topics related to the Middle East turmoil during the period of 1st of January 2010 to the 28th of March 2011. Despite a threefold upsurge of forum users and the formation of a giant component, the main network characteristics, i.e. degree and weight distribution and clustering coefficient, remained almost unchanged.
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