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Tomas Juricek

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Exploration of social networks in Asia, Taiwan for example.

The study shown was tested in the US environment. I'd say it might get quite interesting to uncover the social bonds and networks in a totally different socio-cultural environment. From my perspective, after living in Taiwan for 3 years now, who you know defines you and your position in society. Here your business partner is your friend or at least people tend to say so, where in Europe my business partner does not necessarily have to be my friend...

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  • Jul 15 2013: More or less things are contagious,but we humanbeing we have brains.There is a saying:someday when the earth stop turning around but one thing shouldn't stop that is our brains.

    Environment is very important for us.Meanwhile that is right:if you want to judge a person just go to see what friends he(she) has.
    I think social networks in Asia it tends to conduct in guanxi:People intend to use friendship or relationship as foundation to get benefit.I have to say it is sort of narrow-minded thought in developing society
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    Jul 15 2013: "It would mean that the environment you live in and the people you surround your self by, basically determines who you might become..."

    Indeed. Society shapes individuals, but individuals also shape society in numerous feedback loops.
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    Jul 15 2013: I can tell you everything you need to know about Social Media.

    It's social.

    And information spreads by word-of-mouth, like wildfire.
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      Jul 15 2013: I realize it spreads fast by word of mouth, therefore the interconnection between individuals and/or clusters must be much more dense than they are in our western world. To uncover those might be quite intriguing. Nicholas Christakis uncovered a pattern in social networking. I'd really love to see his network graphics on wealthy, successful and poor citizens. It would mean that the environment you live in and the people you surround your self by, basically determines who you might become...