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Tuesday, July 28 • 14:46 - 16:15
"Communication of Communities: Linguistic Characteristics of Online Groups"

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Author: Bree Mcewan 

Online communities constitute important spaces for individuals to seek out new network connections, informational resources, and social support. The virility of an online community and its ability to attract newcomers may rely on four specific characteristics of a message board, stability, cohesiveness, sociability, and interactivity. Stability refers to how likely it is that an online community will remain in place over time (Arguello, Butler, Joyce, Kraut, Ling, & Wang, 2006). Cohesiveness refers to community members seeing the group as sharing some vision or interest (Casey-Campbell & Martens, 2009; Festinger, 1950; Lott & Lott, 1965). Communities with sociability are marked by generally open, friendly, and caring communication (Preece, 2001; Wise, Hamman, & Thorson, 2006). In addition, sociability may be marked by informal language and the development of in-group idioms. Finally, interactivity refers to thread depth within messages and the level of responsiveness (Arguello et al., Preece, 2001; Joyce & Kraut, 2006). This project investigates the existence of and connections between these four characteristics.

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Bree Mcewan

Associate Professor, Western Illinois University
Researching intersection of interpersonal and computer-mediated communication. Would love to chat with people about measures (recently published Facebook Relational Maintenance Measure and have Affordances measure in the works) and linguistic analyses (working on some LIWC stuff) Also working on 2016-2017 sabbatical application and looking to spend it in Toronto so if you know of research/teaching/visiting scholar opportunities....

Tuesday July 28, 2015 14:46 - 16:15
(7th Floor) Room TRS1-109 (Ted Rogers School of Management) 55 Dundas St West, Toronto, ON M5G 2C3

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