Social network sites (SNSs) are increasingly attracting the attention of academic and industry researchers intrigued by their affordances and reach. This special theme section of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication brings together scholarship on these emergent phenomena. In this introductory article, we describe features of SNSs and propose a comprehensive definition. We then present one perspective on the history of such sites, discussing key changes and developments. After briefly summarizing existing scholarship concerning SNSs, we discuss the articles in this special section and conclude with considerations for future research.
Teacher Self-disclosure, College Student Motivation, Affective Learning, Classroom Climate
Boyd, D. M. & Ellison, N.B. (2008). "Social network sites: Definition, history, and scholarship." Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(1), 210-230.
|Links to Article||http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1083-6101.2007.00393.x/epdf
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|In Publication||Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication|
|Type of Research||Critical or postmodern|
|Intervention/Areas of Study||Social media|
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|Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest||4-year Institution|
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