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The strength of weak ties in online social networks

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dc.contributor.advisor Wanta, Wayne en_US
dc.contributor.author Coulson, Jonthon, 1983- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-09T17:56:35Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-09T17:56:35Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009 Fall en_US
dc.identifier.other CoulsonJ-120309-T716 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/5349
dc.description The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on December 22, 2009). en_US
dc.description Thesis advisor: Dr. Wayne Wanta. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description M.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2009. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Journalism. en_US
dc.description.abstract The use of online social networks such as Facebook.com are hypothesized to be affecting Robert Putnam's (1995) theory of social capital. The research method is modeled after Dhavan Shah's (2005) Information Communication Participation model. This study found that users of these sites tend to have an equal or greater likelihood of engaging in citizen communication or civic participation if they use social networks for informational purposes. Qualitative data indicates that users of online social networks communicate over greater temporal and geographic distances to maintain what Mark Granovetter (1973) calls weak ties. This study gives insight on how information is being shared between digital natives in online social networks, and how such information dissemination leads to the generation of social capital. Future studies focusing on specific features of online social networks that enable communication and civic participation are recommended, as is a comparison between levels of social capital creation between users and non-users of online social networks. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2009 Freely available theses (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Online social networks en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Web sites en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Social capital (Sociology) en_US
dc.title The strength of weak ties in online social networks en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Journalism en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.A. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 492247469 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2009 Theses


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