How microblog follower networks affect open source software project success

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)Not applicablepeer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICIS 2010 Proceedings - Thirty First International Conference on Information Systems
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Title31st International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2010
PlaceUnited States
CitySaint Louis, MO
Period12 - 15 December 2010

Abstract

Successful open source software (OSS) projects require efficient communication means and a steady supply of voluntary developers. Microblogging, as well as the follower network it generates, is becoming increasingly popular as an emerging Web 2.0 communication technology in many online OSS communities. However, little is known about how microblogging follower networks affect OSS project success. Based on theories drawn from the social network domain, OSS and virtual team research,we hypothesized two follower network mechanisms - preferential attachment and structural holes - which may significantly affect OSS project success, by improving knowledge sharing and attracting more skillful developers. We plan to empirically study a microblog follower network in a large online OSS community, aiming to examine the impacts of the two hypothesized follower network mechanisms on OSS project success. Our potential findings may provide insights for OSS project managers to better manage microblog communications and thereby achieve project success.

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  • Microblogging, Oss, Preferential attachment, Project success, Structural holes

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How microblog follower networks affect open source software project success. / Yang, Xuan; Hu, Daning; Davison, Robert M.

ICIS 2010 Proceedings - Thirty First International Conference on Information Systems. 2010.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)Not applicablepeer-review