lampecli at msu.edu
Thu Sep 7 21:45:05 PDT 2006
In a recent crawl of users at Michigan State University, here are the
numbers of "friends" as scraped from profiles.
Friends at MSU
range: 1 - 418
quartiles: 25 1
Friends at other schools
range: 1 - 1297
quartiles: 25 1
The usual caveats apply. These results are from MSU solely, from a few
months ago. etc. etc.
Our survey data indicates that "friends" are people met offline who become
This is my first post to the list, so "hi" as well.
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[mailto:air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of Barry Wellman
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 10:42 PM
To: aoir list
Subject: [Air-l] disjunction
The US General Social Survey claims the average American has slightly more
than 2 people they discuss important matters with.
Our Connected Lives and Pew Strength of Ties studies show somewhat higher
numbers (see Hogan, Carrasco & Wellman on our website). But still reckoned
by the dozen (or two).
When the inevitable reporter calls, how do I reconcile these numbers with
the 100-200 or so that folks on this list are saying are Facebook
Does anyone have a distribution of the # of friends per Facebook account:
mean, median, mode, quartiles, ranges would be nice too.
Barry Wellman Professor of Sociology NetLab Director
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