I’d like to start a new thread to gather research that has been done on the communities we manage.
From 2010 to 2016, I managed a community of practice on Twitter called #hcsmca (Health Care Social Media Canada). During its tenure, several researchers took interest in the community and 2 papers were written about it. The research provided interesting insight into the community, and I thought these may be of interest to others here on Feverbee. I also added the relevant blog synopsis for each paper if you don’t have the time to read the full studies.
The first one was a social network analysis of one month’s activities.
Gruzd A, Haythornthwaite C, Enabling Community Through Social Media, J Med Internet Res, 2013;15(10):e248
Blog post: https://cyhealthcommunications.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/hcsmca-a-social-network-analysis-of-our-community/
The second was an exploration of motivation in online communities. The researcher conducted interviews with 23 members.
Gilbert S, Learning in a Twitter-based community of practice: an exploration of knowledge exchange as a motivation for participation in #hcsmca, Information, Communication & Society. 2016; 19, (9)
Blog post: https://cyhealthcommunications.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/what-motivates-people-to-participate-in-online-communities-hcsmca-study/
Besides that obvious insight into the community that these studies afforded me, they also helped deepen the community’s sense of community. Given that we were a community of practice, the members were eager to contribute to the growing literature examining online community, social media, health and learning.
What research publications do you have to share?