Several people have asked for the list of references I used in my PhD thesis, Social Influence in Second Life: Social Network and Social Psychological Processes in the Diffusion of Belief and Behaviour on the Web. I’ve finally dug them out.

Amongst the many many many citations that informed this work are three main categories:

1) psychological research: primarily identity development, content and meaning of relationships (e.g. trust, credibility, group identity, social comparison), attitude and behaviour change

2) social network analysis research: including what most people would probably now refer to as “Big Data”, plus sociological and statistical meanings for connections between people, and – importantly – the ethics of collecting and analysing such content, diffusion of innovations

3) internet research: mostly identity and community work between 1985-2009, internet research ethics, online behaviour change theories (also psychology)

Apologies that they’re not linked, or even organised according to topic… but they are alphabetical!

Many of the references ended up in Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You, which I published with Guardian Faber in July 2013. There are more of this ilk on the Untangling the Web reporter’s notebook.

Happy digging!

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