Non-public and public online community participation: Needs, attitudes and behavior

  title={Non-public and public online community participation: Needs, attitudes and behavior},
  author={Blair Nonnecke and Dorine Andrews and Jennifer Preece},
  journal={Electronic Commerce Research},
Nonpublic participation within an online community, often called lurking, occurs when an individual joins a community, but does not post. [] Key Result In general lurkers are less optimistic and less positive than those who post.

The Psychology of Online Lurking

Lurking, or passive online participation, is often defined as non-participation or minimal participation in online groups or communities. Although lurking has previously been considered a negative

Understanding lurkers in online communities: A literature review

A study of active and passive user participation in virtual communities

This study examines the individual and social factors influencing the participation intention of viewers and posters in virtual communities. Trust, reward, structural capital, and cognitive capital

Lurking as personal trait or situational disposition: lurking and contributing in enterprise social media

Analysis of patterns of participation by employees who are members of multiple online communities in an enterprise communities service proposes that contributing and lurking are partially dependent on a trait (a person's overall engagement), modified by the individual's disposition toward a particular topic, work task or social group.

Living and lurking on LiveJournal: The benefits of active and non-active membership

The data indicate that both active participants and lurkers receive similar benefits from their membership of LiveJournal in terms of their sense of community and satisfaction with experience of the community.

Motivations to participate in online communities

Examination of users from the theoretical perspectives of Uses and Gratifications and Organizational Commitment finds evidence that users may continue to participate in a site for different reasons than those that led them to the site.

Lurking in online participation and e-participation

  • Noella Edelmann
  • Psychology
    2017 Fourth International Conference on eDemocracy & eGovernment (ICEDEG)
  • 2017
This PhD aims to contribute to the body of knowledge on online participation, addressing in particular the online behaviors known as lurking. Lurking is probably the most common online behavior, so

Reviewing the Definitions of "Lurkers" and Some Implications for Online Research

It is necessary to understanding why users decide to lurk, what activities lurkers engage in, and whether the online environment is more valuable by turning lurkers into posters, to understand why lurking is important in online research.

A Study of Poster and Viewer Participation in SNS

This article studies the individual and social factors influencing the participation intention of viewers and posters in virtual communities. Reward, structural capital, and trust play a significant



The top five reasons for lurking: improving community experiences for everyone

Shedding Light on Lurkers in Online Communities

Lurkers are reported to make up a sizable proportion of many online communities, yet little is known about their reasons for lurking, who they are, and how they lurk. In this study, interviews with

De-lurking in virtual communities: a social communication network approach to measuring the effects of social and cultural capital

A novel way of measuring social and cultural capital, situational antecedents of lurking and de-lurking is proposed and some directions towards measuring active participation in virtual communities are provided.

Developing an optimal match within online communities: an exploration of CMC support communities and traditional support

This study investigates the complementary nature of face-to-face and computer-mediated social support and the development of a context through which hyperpersonal communication can develop within


The goal of this paper is to address the question: ‘why do lurkers lurk?’ Lurkers reportedly makeup the majority of members in online groups, yet little is known about them. Without insight into

Designing and evaluating online communities: research speaks to emerging practice

It is pointed out that standard evaluation techniques are inadequate for evaluating online communities because they do not address sociability and two approaches from research are proposed that attempt to draw directly on what community users want.

A multilevel analysis of sociability, usability, and community dynamics in an online health community

The significant findings of this study include: dependable and reliable technology is more important than state-of-the-art technology in this community; strong community development exists despite little differentiation of the community space provided by the software.

Lurker demographics: counting the silent

This paper presents a demographic study of lurking in email-based discussion lists (DLs) with an emphasis on health and software-support DLs, finding that health-supportDLs have on average significantly fewer lurkers than software- support DLs.

Electronic Survey Methodology: A Case Study in Reaching Hard-to-Involve Internet Users

Quality criteria for electronic survey design and use based on an investigation of recent electronic survey literature are presented and suggest how the use of some criteria may conflict and what researchers may experience when conducting electronic surveys in an online culture in which people are not tolerant of intrusions into online lives.

Online Communities: Designing Usability and Supporting Sociability

Jenny Preece provides readers with an in-depth look at the design of effective online communities and details the enabling technologies behind some of the most successful online communities.