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As well as [2], we find that online communication between residents of apartment buildings is based on their material needs and aimed at solving their common problems. By using social networking, neighbors can coordinate collective actions targeted at improvement of their living conditions and communal property. This type of activity can be found in communities created by residents, but not in those created by management companies.

People also try to create independent rules and informal sanctions for those residents who don't comply with established norms. One of such topical issues is parking on apartment building area, which is neither strictly regulated nor enforced in Russia. Our hypothesis is that discussion of parking lots is more intensive in groups of large housing complexes with enclosed areas.

We suggest that, due to the dynamic nature of SNS, the resolution of an issue and the resulting communication decay in a group (which is common for group clusters targeted against in-fill construction) does not necessary mean community breakdown. We assume that there is a community of urban activists who are highly concerned not only with local home improvement, but also with citywide urban environment problems. As they organize collective actions and strive to resolve relevant issues, they move from one group to another.

In our future research, we will try to explore lifecycle patterns and interconnections in different types of communities.

Acknowledgements. We are grateful to Paul Okopny, Ekaterina Mekhnetsova, and Viktor Karepin for their ideas and help with this research. Ilya Musabirov's contribution was produced during his Swedish Institute scholarship period at Uppsala University.

References

1. Blei, D.M., Ng, A.Y., Jordan, M.I.: Latent Dirichlet Allocation. J. Mach. Learn. Res. 3, 993–1022 (2003)

2. Daly, E.M., Dahlem, D., Quercia, D.: The new blocs on the block: Using community forums to foster new neighbourhoods. In: Proceedings of the 2014 ACM Conference on Web Science, pp. 52–61. ACM, New York (2014)

3. Li, L., Li, S.: Becoming homeowners: The emergence and use of online neighborhood forums in transitional urban China. Habitat International 38, 232–239 (2013)

4. Segalovich, I.: A fast morphological algorithm with unknown word guessing induced by a dictionary for a web search engine. In: MLMTA, pp. 273–280. Citeseer (2003)

 
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