Social Network Strategies for Surviving the Zombie Apocalyp
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Jennifer Golbeck The Problem Taxonomy of Zombies Slow dumb zombies Night of the Living Dead Medium speed slightly aware zombies Walking Dead Fast angry zombies 28 Days Later Were all toast ID: 540920 Download Presentation

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Social Network Strategies for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Jennifer GolbeckSlide2

The ProblemSlide4

Taxonomy of Zombies

Slow, dumb zombiesNight of the Living DeadMedium speed, slightly aware zombies

Walking Dead

Fast, angry zombies

28 Days Later

(We’re all toast)Slide5

Surviving with

Social Network Analysis

Social Network Analysis has lessons about how things spread in social networks

Important during the apocalypse:



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500 randomly chosen users


most active


Spread of ZombinismSlide7

Tie Strength

Strong ties: close friends and familyWeak ties: acquaintances Slide8

Actual Midterm Question

When the zombie epidemic begins, you and your family (or family equivalent) want to avoid joining the ranks of the living dead. Aside from proper weapon choice and proper physical and mental preparation, how would you apply your knowledge of social networks to optimize your chances of survival? Briefly describe your strategy and list at least


reasons along with the network phenomena or structural features that support them. (10 points)Slide9

If for some reason I need to leave my house (perhaps to go save my mother or to grab a drink at the Winchester)..

.This means I would not go near the President, Lady Gaga, or Charlie Sheen right now.

While it is true that many innocent may fall victim to sword, shotgun, chainsaw, and weed-whacking vigilantes..



love you, and good luck. Now leave me alone. Slide10


the diversity of skills and backgrounds of a heterogeneous group makes for good action movies, networking principals show that weak ties are less trustworthy than strong ties, so chances are I’ll be betrayed by a guy with a gun. Or a hot girl.


are that one of your strong ties has already fallen by the time the Apocalypse is in full swing, so the next time you step into the kitchen with your brother-in-law, goodbye life. The rich get richer: the zombies are winning. Their nodes are collecting edges the way flypaper collects flies in an outhouse




What about information? That spreads best on weak ties, too!Slide12



Physically separate from weak tiesKeep information channels open with weak ties

And also...


The double tap

Beware of