Faculty Advisor

Fisler, Kathryn

Faculty Advisor

Selkow, Stanley M.


This project examines the social network of instant messaging (IM) systems. We studied the connections within the America Online Instant Messenger community both socially and graphically. Major areas studied include geographical clustering of IM communities, demographics, spread of information through the IM network, and effects of IM on productivity and other communications systems. The direct result of this study are applicable to marketing, workplace productivity, and social psychology.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2003

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Computer Science