The evolution of the HIV/AIDS NGO hyperlink network

Michelle Shumate*

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Hyperlink networks are dynamic systems of representational communication. In order to understand the varied influences on processes that produce these systems, this research examines the evolution of a HIV/AIDS nongovernmental organization (NGO) hyperlink network over one year. The results demonstrate that different factors influence the rate of variation, selection, and retention of hyperlinks. The presence of a greater number of corporate or government hyperlinks to a NGO Website is related to the rate of variation. Network embeddedness and issue network participation are related to the selection of hyperlinks. Finally, indegree centrality and issue network participation are related to hyperlink retention. Implications for the study of hyperlink networks as dynamic representational communication systems are drawn from the results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-134
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • Evolutionary theory
  • Hyperlink network
  • NGO
  • Network analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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