Understanding Short-term Changes in Online Activity Sessions

TitleUnderstanding Short-term Changes in Online Activity Sessions
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsF. Kooti, K. Subbian, W. Mason, L. Adamic, and K. Lerman
Conference NameProceedings of the 26th International World Wide Web Conference (Companion WWW2017)

Online activity is characterized by regularities such as diurnal and weekly patterns, reflecting human circadian rhythms and work and leisure schedules. Using data from the online social networking site Facebook, we uncover temporal patterns at a much smaller time scale: within individual sessions. Longer sessions have different characteristics than shorter ones, and this distinction is already visible in the first minute of a person