What kind of social structures Web users contribute to put in place? And what do monkeys have to do with it? Text presented by A. A. Casilli at the conference “Web Culture: New Modes of Knowledge, New Sociabilities”, Villa Gillet, Lyon (France), February 10th, 2011.
In 1992 Robin Dunbar famously proposed a rough estimate of 150. In 1998, the mean personal network size was of 290. And in 2010 we are now facing an average of 610 personal ties. So - who says more?
‘Dunbar’s Number’ is a theory that the human brain can only manage a maximum of 150 friendships. Robin Dunbar, is currently updating his work to see if the Facebook effect has made any difference. Here, Jamie Hamilton applies Dunbar’s learnings to online research communities.