Analysis of Sumazi
How do you efficiently connect people with similar needs or interests? Sumazi is a tool which attempts to do this in the most general sense. In my User Generated Content course this past semester, I (quickly) wrote a paper describing and analyzing the underlying problem and the incentive properties of Sumazi. The abstract of this paper is below.
Sumazi, a young community established to efficiently realize interpersonal connections, is described and analyzed. The community fills a general yet unfilled niche in the online community ecosystem. Summary statistics of connection requests are reported, suggesting free-riding behavior, defined in this context to be posting connection requests without recommending or broadcasting others' requests. Finally, it is recommended that summary measures of user activity are made publicly available to discourage free-riding, and that the cognitive costs of making recommendations are minimized with improved tools.