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The Importance of Being Placefriends: Discovering Location-Focused Online Communities

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Executive Summary

Discovering groups of online friends who go to the same physical places has numerous potential applications including privacy management, friend recommendation, and contact grouping as in Google+ circles. Until recently, little information was available about places visited by users of online social networking services, so community detection on the social graph could not take this into account. With the rise of services such as Foursquare, Gowalla, and Facebook Places, where users check in to named venues and share their location with their friends, the authors now have the right data to make this possible.

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