• Publications
  • Influence
Social network sites: definition, history, and scholarship
  • D. Boyd, N. Ellison
  • Computer Science, Psychology
  • IEEE Engineering Management Review
  • 1 October 2007
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The Benefits of Facebook "Friends: " Social Capital and College Students' Use of Online Social Network Sites
Facebook usage was found to interact with measures of psychological well-being, suggesting that it might provide greater benefits for users experiencing low self-esteem and low life satisfaction. Expand
Connection strategies: Social capital implications of Facebook-enabled communication practices
It is found that reporting more ‘actual’ friends on the site is predictive of social capital, but only to a point, and the explanation for these findings may be that the identity information in Facebook serves as a social lubricant, encouraging individuals to convert latent to weak ties and enabling them to broadcast requests for support or information. Expand
Social capital, self-esteem, and use of online social network sites: A longitudinal analysis
Alongitudinalanalysisofpaneldatafromusersofapopularonlinesocialnetworksite,Facebook, investigated the relationship between intensity of Facebook use, measures of psychological well-being, andExpand
Managing Impressions Online: Self-Presentation Processes in the Online Dating Environment
Empirical support for Social Information Processing theory in a naturalistic context is provided while offering insight into the complicated way in which ‘‘hon-esty’’ is enacted online. Expand
A face(book) in the crowd: social Searching vs. social browsing
It is suggested that users are largely employing Facebook to learn more about people they meet offline, and are less likely to use the site to initiate new connections. Expand
Sociality Through Social Network Sites
This chapter reports authoritative insights into one of the most significant developments related to social interaction – social network sites – and offers an analytic framework for exploring theseExpand
Facebook as a toolkit: A uses and gratification approach to unbundling feature use
Survey data collected from undergraduate students at a large Midwestern university revealed that users' motivations for using Facebook predict their use of different features, such as status updates and Wall posts, but features that share similar capabilities do not necessarily share underlying motivations for use. Expand
A familiar face(book): profile elements as signals in an online social network
A theoretical framework is described that draws on aspects of signaling theory, common ground theory, and transaction costs theory to generate an understanding of why certain profile fields may be more predictive of friendship articulation on the site. Expand
It's Complicated: Facebook Users' Political Participation in the 2008 Election
Results from a survey of undergraduate students at a large public university in the Midwestern United States conducted in the month prior to the election found that students tend to engage in lightweight political participation both on Facebook and in other venues, and two OLS regressions found that political activity on Facebook is a significant predictor of other forms of political participation. Expand