A social network is a social structure of a community. It consists of nodes, agents or individuals which are connected by a specific type of relationship, such as friendship, kinship or following. In its simplest form, a social network is simply a set of specific links, which correspond to friends or followers, between a set of social objects, such as persons. This set can be described as a graph or network. Followers of a certain person, individual or node can develop (or appear as) a kind of hive mind.
Bonds and links in a social network are created and maintained by sharing and exchanging gifts. People share in social networks to strengthen bonds and to achieve a certain status, for example having more followers.
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