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Like Economy: What is the Economic Value of Likes?


  • Ágnes Veszelszki

    () (Institute of Behavioural Science and Communication Theory, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary)


The most prominent social button is the “like”, which was introduced by the social networking site Facebook in February 2009. In social media, liking is a so-called predefined communicative act, which has created a recommendation and like culture. The interactions of users with contents and with one another (in other words, the practices of everyday life, such as the consumption of goods and information) have become part of databases. Accordingly, the paper seeks to answer the following questions: How can likes be converted to revenue? Is it worth buying page and post likes? Is there any distinction between good and bad likes (cf. public customer service on social media sites)? If so, what makes a(n economically) good like? In sum, what is the economic (and communicative) value of likes?

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  • Ágnes Veszelszki, 2018. "Like Economy: What is the Economic Value of Likes?," Society and Economy, Akadémiai Kiadó, Hungary, vol. 40(3), pages 417-429, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:aka:soceco:v:40:y:2018:i:3:p:417-429

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    1. Attila Endre Simay & Mirkó Gáti, 2019. "Publicity in Mobile and Social Media," Society and Economy, Akadémiai Kiadó, Hungary, vol. 41(2), pages 193-210, June.
    2. Emilio Abad-Segura & Ana Batlles de la Fuente & Mariana-Daniela González-Zamar & Luis Jesús Belmonte-Ureña, 2020. "Effects of Circular Economy Policies on the Environment and Sustainable Growth: Worldwide Research," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(14), pages 1-27, July.


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