The Strength of Weak Ties in Online Social Networks

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Mai 2010



The use of online social networks such as Facebook.com are hypothesized to be affecting Robert Putnam's (1995) theory of social capital. The research method is modeled after Dhavan Shah's (2005) InformationCommunicationParticipation model. This study found that users of these sites tend to have an equal or greater likelihood of engaging in citizen communication or civic participation if they use social networks for informational purposes. Qualitative data indicates that users of online social networks communicate over greater temporal and geographic distances to maintain what Mark Granovetter (1973) calls weak ties. This study gives insight on how information is being shared between digital natives in online social networks, and how such information dissemination leads to the generation of social capital. Future studies focusing on specific features of online social networks that enable communication and civic participation are recommended, as is a comparison between levels of social capital creation between users and non-users of online social networks.


Jonthon Coulson was born in Olney, IL in 1983. He holds a BJ and MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is an alumnus of Teach For America (NYC '06) and Fulbright (Indonesia '08), and expects to continue his work as a teacher of English as a Second Language. He is currently an English Language Fellow in Medan, Indonesia.
EAN: 9783838369655
ISBN: 3838369653
Untertitel: How do users of online social networks create and utilize weak ties to amass social capital?. Paperback. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: LAP Lambert Acad. Publ.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2010
Seitenanzahl: 80 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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