I’ve been writing articles and talks about online social life and fandom for a long time. Some are online:
You can watch the talk I gave at MIDEMNet in 2009 about how to relate to fan communities.
You can read the keynote talk I gave at Norway’s big music industry event, by:Larm, in Oslo in February 2008 here. It’s called “Online Community and Fandom.”
You can read my essay The New Shape of Online Community: The Case of Swedish independent music fandom in the online journal First Monday. From that same research project, here’s a link to a conference paper called Amateur Experts: International Fan Labor in Swedish Independent Music.
The conference paper version of a paper in Information, Communication and Society looking at friendship in Last.fm is available here.
An oldie-but-goodie paper I wrote about humor in an online fan community is available online in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.
In 2000, I published a book about online fan community, using a case study of soap opera fans. Tune In, Log On: Soaps, Fandom, and Online Community has been Google Booked so you can read some of it here or you can order your own copy by clicking on the title link.
If you’re into paper, there are lots more things I’ve written just waiting for you to read them. You can find a list of all my publications here.