Journal article

Increasing the Reach of Government Social Media: A Case Study in Modeling Government-Citizen Interaction on Facebook

Jorge Goncalves, Yong Liu, Bin Xiao, Saad Chaudhry, Simo Hosio, Vassilis Kostakos

POLICY AND INTERNET | WILEY | Published : 2015


Facebook posts compete for human attention in a zero-sum game; this makes it a challenge for government organizations to engage with their citizens through this medium. In a large-scale longitudinal study we investigate what makes Facebook posts popular (seen by many) and effective (commented, liked, or shared by many) in a nonprofit context: the official Facebook page of a mid-sized city (Oulu, Finland). We model the competition dynamics that shape the fate of Facebook posts using Structural Equation Modeling. Our analysis reveals that audience demographics, the timing of posts, and the media type of post are significant factors in post reach and effectiveness, and argue that our method can..

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