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LinkR information sheet

My name is Khoi-Nguyen Tran, the chief investigator of this research project on link recommendation on Facebook.

I am writing to ask if you would consider participating in this research by installing and using our Link Recommendation (LinkR) Facebook App. The results of this research may be published in conference papers or journal articles. This research is funded by the Google under the Google Research Awards, but we have NO obligations to Google and will NOT provide data collected in this research to Google, except performance and other aggregate statistics that will be published.

The purpose of this research is to explore the effects of and factors contributing to actively and passively recommending links on Facebook. Passively recommending links mean the links you posted on your Facebook Wall and actively recommending links mean you post links on your friends’ Facebook Wall. Data collection from LinkR will be take place over a six month period (from 15 August 2011 to 15 February 2012). You do not have to participate for the entire period, but please try to participate for at least two months.

Research outcomes

  • Provide a better user experience on Facebook with the links shared by your friends.
  • Contribute towards an understanding of how links are shared on social networks and the influence of active and passive sharing of links.
  • Contribute algorithms that improve the task of recommending links.

Research objectives

  • To identify factors influencing how users view and share links on Facebook.
  • To develop and evaluate different link recommendation algorithms and explore user behaviour towards these links shared on Facebook.

Research online

Please take time to read the following links with further information and install our Facebook app.

Ethics protocol information

This research operates under the research ethics protocol of The Australian National University, and any questions or complaints can be forwarded to:

Human Ethics Officer
Human Research Ethics Committee
The Australian National University
Tel. 02 6125 3427 Email.

Protocol Number: 2011/142
Protocol Title: Preference Elicitation for Social Recommendation
Chief Investigator: Khoi-Nguyen Tran (ANU ID: u4315673)


Thank you for your help with this research. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or other investigators and supervisors at our contacts page.

Kind regards,

Khoi-Nguyen Tran (LinkR Chief Investigator)

Research Assistant
Research School of Computer Science
Computer Science and Information Technology Building #108
The Australian National University
Acton, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia

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