In recent years, patterns of sociability among weblogs (blogs) have been analyzed using link analysis, including within large blog hosting communities such as LiveJournal. Social networks have been identified based on blog topic (e.g., politics), common interests (e.g., fandom), and online and offline friendship connections; bloggers converse within these networks by linking to and commenting on one another’s content. More basic than these forms of social glue, however, is language. Indeed, a shared language would seem to be the sine qua non for meaningful interconnection and conversation.
Herring, Susan C. 2007. “Language Networks on LiveJournal.” In Proceedings of the Fortieth Hawai’i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-40). Los Alamitos: IEEE Press.
This is a really interesting analysis of the role language plays/played in community-building on LiveJournal. Would love to see similar research on, say, Tumblr.