author={Zeynep Tufekci},
  journal={Information, Communication \& Society},
  pages={544 - 564}
  • Zeynep Tufekci
  • Published 1 June 2008
  • Computer Science
  • Information, Communication & Society
This paper explores the rapid adoption of online social network sites (also known as social networking sites) (SNSs) by students on a US college campus. Using quantitative (n = 713) and qualitative (n = 51) data based on a diverse sample of college students, demographic and other characteristics of SNS users and non-users are compared. Starting with the theoretical frameworks of Robin Dunbar and Erving Goffman, this paper situates SNS activity under two rubrics: (1) social grooming; and (2… 
Gossip in social networking sites
This study examines the effects of online gossip propensity in social networking sites (SNSs). We posit that online gossip propensity affects SNS identification, which in turn determines normative
Uses and gratifications on social networking sites: Analysis of use and value of social networking sites for three types of social capital on college students
Social networking sites (SNS), such as Facebook and LinkedIn, have recently emerged as popular media worldwide. The rapid adoption of SNS by college students in the United States raises many
Virtualizing the Past: Re-connecting on Facebook and Emerging Social Relationships
  • C. Desiato
  • Business
    2013 46th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
  • 2013
It emerged that the interviewees appropriate Facebook's social architecture and social archive for re-thinking past relationships, bridging past and present self-narration and, most interestingly, cultivating new kinds of social relations that remain at present largely undefined both in common language and social research.
What “ Uses and Gratifications ” Theory Can Tell Us About Using Professional Networking Sites
Social media continues to gain enormous popularity. Therefore, it is not surprising that this attracts the interest of researchers to study this cyber-social phenomenon particularly motivation issues
Exploring the impact of Social Networking Sites (SNSs) on modern gossip from female perspectives
With many adults actively using social networking sites daily (Davidson, 2015; Prescott, 2016), this research looks at the ways social networking sites (SNSs) may impact gossiping behaviours in
Social network site use among Dutch students: Effects of time and platform
This chapter compares the SNS use of Dutch students across time and platforms. Between 2009 (n = 194) and 2010 (n = 212), many users migrated from Hyves, the hitherto largest Dutch SNS, to Facebook.
Opting Out of Social Media: Online Communication Attitudes Mediate the Relationship Between Personality Factors and Facebook Non-Use
ABSTRACT Social networking sites (SNSs) are becoming an increasingly normalized aspect of people’s daily social lives. Although questions relating to how individuals use SNSs such as Facebook for
Do Social Network Sites Increase, Decrease, or Supplement the Maintenance of Social Ties?
Abstract This paper investigates the mechanics of multimedia tie maintenance, with a particular emphasis upon social network sites (SNSs) and their uses and gratifications. We present results from a
Social network site changes over time: The case of MySpace
The uptake of social network sites (SNSs) has been highly trend-driven, with Friendster, MySpace, and Facebook being successively the most popular. Given that teens are often early adopters of


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.
Imagined Communities: Awareness, Information Sharing, and Privacy on the Facebook
It is found that an individual's privacy concerns are only a weak predictor of his membership to the Facebook, and also privacy concerned individuals join the network and reveal great amounts of personal information.
Neighborhoods in the Network Society the e-Neighbors study
This study examines whether the Internet is increasingly a part of everyday neighborhood interactions, and in what specific contexts Internet use affords the formation of local social ties. Studies
Whose Space? Differences Among Users and Non-Users of Social Network Sites
The predictors of SNS usage are looked at, with particular focus on Facebook, MySpace, Xanga, and Friendster, suggesting that use of such sites is not randomly distributed across a group of highly wired users.
Can You See Me Now? Audience and Disclosure Regulation in Online Social Network Sites
The prevailing paradigm in Internet privacy literature, treating privacy within a context merely of rights and violations, is inadequate for studying the Internet as a social realm. Following Goffman
Information revelation and privacy in online social networks
This paper analyzes the online behavior of more than 4,000 Carnegie Mellon University students who have joined a popular social networking site catered to colleges and evaluates the amount of information they disclose and study their usage of the site's privacy settings.
Social networks and Internet connectivity effects
Results from a series of social network studies of media use reveal that those more strongly tied used more media to communicate than weak ties, and that media use within groups conformed to a unidimensional scale, leading to a number of implications regarding media and Internet connectivity.
Friends, Friendsters, and Top 8: Writing community into being on social network sites
It is argued that Friendship helps people write community into being in social network sites and supports pre-existing social norms yet these sites introduce an environment that is quite unlike that with which the authors are accustomed.
The Functions of Internet Use and Their Social and Psychological Consequences
It is hypothesized that the social and psychological effects of Internet use depend primarily on the user's reasons and goals for using the technology, and that Internet use motivated principally by GIA appears to have a favorable effect on psychological well-being by first increasing social integration.
Signals in Social Supernets
  • J. Donath
  • Sociology
    J. Comput. Mediat. Commun.
  • 2007
Signaling theory is presented as a conceptual framework with which to assess the transformative potential of SNSs and to guide their design to make them into more effective social tools.