Facebook Posts and Lotka's Law


  • Department of Studies in Library and Information Science, University of Mysore, Mysore - 570 006, Karnataka
  • MLISc, Department of Studies in Library and Information Science, University of Mysore, Mysuru - 570 006, Karnataka
  • Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development (SDMIM), Mysore - 570011, Karnataka
  • Government First Grade College, Periyapatna, Mysuru - 571107, Karnataka




Lotka's Law, Bibliometrics, Facebook, FB Posts.


Facebook is an online social networking site. It allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. It is a very popular social networking site. Librarians use it for official and personal communication purpose. The present study examines the participation of librarians in Facebook by testing whether it follows the pattern given by Lotka's law. The result shows that it does not. The paper analyses the reasons and also provides the methods of collecting data for bibliometric study.


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How to Cite

Harinarayana, N. S., Kousar, A., Sunil, M. V., & Vasantha Raju, N. (2016). Facebook Posts and Lotka’s Law. Journal of Information and Knowledge, 53(2), 107–111. https://doi.org/10.17821/srels/2016/v53i2/91269




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