The project aims at understanding users of the Facebook DIABETES group, one of the most active Facebook diabetes groups. We want to know what users are talking in the group; how they use the group, especially, how they interact with the peers online; and why they use the group. I collected and analyzed 1352 messages posted on the Facebook diabetes group by 479 unique message participants during a week to identify the post-comment network of the group and users’ interaction behaviors. The results show that the admin of the group play a significant role in the network. And the interactions within the network were structured around information, emotion, and community building.
If you are really interested in this project and want to see more details, please contact me. I can send you a short paper.