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A familiar face(book): profile elements as signals in an online social network

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A familiar face(book): profile elements as signals in an online social network
Using data from a popular online social network site, this paper explores the relationship between profile structure (namely, which fields are completed) and number of friends, giving designers insight into the importance of the profile and how it works to encourage connections and articulated relationships between users. We describe a theoretical framework 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. Using a dataset consisting of 30,773 Facebook profiles, we determine which profile elements are most likely to predict friendship links and discuss the theoretical and design implications of our findings. Author Keywords Social network sites, profile elements, signaling theory ACM Classification Keywords H5.m. Information interfaces and presentation (e.g., HCI): Miscellaneous.
Cliff Lampe, Nicole Ellison, Charles Steinfield
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where CHI
Authors Cliff Lampe, Nicole Ellison, Charles Steinfield
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