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Social Connectedness on Facebook – An Explorative Study on Status Message Usage
AMCIS 2010 Proceedings
  • Felix Köbler, Technische Universität München
  • Christoph Riedl, Technische Universität München
  • Céline Vetter, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Jan Marco Leimeister, Universität Kassel
  • Helmut Krcmar, Technische Universität München
Publication Date
8-1-2010
Abstract

With over 400 million active users Facebook is undeniably a large social phenomenon and one of the largest social networks on the Internet. Together with Facebook a variety of novel communication styles have developed, dramatically influencing social interaction. The underlying paper reports the results of a survey (N=109) analyzing Facebook’s micro-blogging function available through users’ status updates. Our results suggest that the use of status update messaging generates a feeling of connectedness between users. Furthermore, non-parametric analyses distinguishing between low- and highconnected groups have been performed and experimentally confirmed the existence of distinct user profiles as a function of the variable “feeling connected”. The analyses revealed that the more individuals use their status message function to actively reveal information about themselves, the more connected they feel. Connectedness seems the result of active information sharing modulated by the amount of information shared rather than by the type of information an individual is sharing.

Citation Information
Felix Köbler, Christoph Riedl, Céline Vetter, Jan Marco Leimeister, et al.. "Social Connectedness on Facebook – An Explorative Study on Status Message Usage" (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/leimeister/32/