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Title:Impact of Self-Disclosure on Newcomers in Online Communities
Author(s):Lu, Di; Farzan, Rosta
Subject(s):human information behavior
online communities
Abstract:User-generated online communities such as online discussion boards have become an importance element of life in information society. However, their success is accompanied with challenges. Particularly, their high reliance on user-generate content makes ensuring a continuous flow of newcomers vital to their existence. Newcomers face various difficulties due to their lack of commitment and familiarity with the community and many online communities experience high quitting rate of newcomers. In the current work, we aim to study how self-disclosure can be used as a mechanism to encourage more effort and commitment from newcomers. We present our results from exploring the relationship between self-disclosure and newcomers’ effort and commitment in an online community. Our results show that self-disclosure has significant positive associations with newcomers’ subsequent effort in the community.
Issue Date:2015-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2015 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-03-24

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