Jumping onto the bandwagon of collective gatekeepers : Testing the bandwagon effect of information diffusion on social news website

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-45
Journal / PublicationTelematics and Informatics
Online published6 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


Based on collaborative information filtering and information aggregation services, the social news website carries out a collective gatekeeping function, supplying an empirical ground to test the bandwagon effect on information diffusion. Modeling the interpersonal effect and bandwagon effect in collective gatekeeping with threshold models, we confirm the bandwagon effect of collective gatekeeping on news diffusion with two novel datasets. The results demonstrate that the bandwagon of collective gatekeepers is the primary driver for online news diffusion. Interestingly, the bandwagon effect of collective gatekeeping is moderated by the strength of interpersonal effects. The theoretical generalizations of this research contribute to our understanding about the impact of collective gatekeeping on information diffusion.

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  • Bandwagon effects, Collective gatekeeping, Information diffusion, Interpersonal effects, Threshold model