—Contemporary approaches to analyze user
behavior on online social networks consider interactions among
pairs of directly connected users or dyads. A large body of
sociological work, however, suggests that mutual connections
can influence the activity between two users, leading to
differences between three-way and two-way interactions. This
paper explores the dynamics of three-way relationships on
Facebook. Categorizing each connection as a close friend or an
acquaintance, contingent on the number of wall posts, this study
examines how the different types of connections forming triads
influence their characteristics embodied in posting activity,
inter-post, reciprocation, and formation times, and activity
decay. The analysis indicates that the number of constituent
friendships primarily influences the characteristics of triads.
—Behavioral analysis, facebook, online social
network analysis, triads.
D. Doran, A. Algarin, and S. Gokhale are with the Dept. of Computer
Science & Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 06269 USA
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Cite:Derek Doran, Alberto de la Rosa Algarin, and Swapna S. Gokhale, "Characterizing the Activity of Friendship Triads on Facebook," Journal of Advances in Computer Networks vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 35-39, 2014.