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Invisible participants: how cultural capital relates to lurking behavior

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Invisible participants: how cultural capital relates to lurking behavior
The asymmetry of activity in virtual communities is of great interest. While participation in the activities of virtual communities is crucial for a community's survival and development, many people prefer lurking, that is passive attention over active participation. Lurking can be measured and perhaps affected by both dispositional and situational variables. This work investigates the concept of cultural capital as situational antecedent of lurking and de-lurking (the decision to start posting after a certain amount of lurking time). Cultural capital is defined as the knowledge that enables an individual to interpret various cultural codes. The main hypothesis states that a user's cultural capital affects her level of activity in a community and her decision to de-lurk and cease to exist in very active communities because of information overload. This hypothesis is analyzed by mathematically defining a social communication network (SCN) of activities in authenticated discus...
Vladimir Soroka, Sheizaf Rafaeli
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Type Conference
Year 2006
Where WWW
Authors Vladimir Soroka, Sheizaf Rafaeli
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