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PLoS One. 2015 Feb 6;10(2):e0117148. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0117148. eCollection 2015.

Red, purple and pink: the colors of diffusion on pinterest.

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1
HCI Research Group, Yahoo Labs, San Francisco, California, United States of America.
2
College of Computing, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.

Abstract

Many lab studies have shown that colors can evoke powerful emotions and impact human behavior. Might these phenomena drive how we act online? A key research challenge for image-sharing communities is uncovering the mechanisms by which content spreads through the community. In this paper, we investigate whether there is link between color and diffusion. Drawing on a corpus of one million images crawled from Pinterest, we find that color significantly impacts the diffusion of images and adoption of content on image sharing communities such as Pinterest, even after partially controlling for network structure and activity. Specifically, Red, Purple and pink seem to promote diffusion, while Green, Blue, Black and Yellow suppress it. To our knowledge, our study is the first to investigate how colors relate to online user behavior. In addition to contributing to the research conversation surrounding diffusion, these findings suggest future work using sophisticated computer vision techniques. We conclude with a discussion on the theoretical, practical and design implications suggested by this work-e.g. design of engaging image filters.

PMID:
25658423
PMCID:
PMC4319885
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0117148
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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