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dc.contributor.advisorFlink, Jimeng
dc.contributor.authorPatel, Viviekeng
dc.date.issued2022eng
dc.date.submitted2022 Springeng
dc.descriptionProfessional project report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Arts in Journalism from the School of Journalism, University of Missouri--Columbia.eng
dc.description.abstract[EMBARGOED UNTIL 7/1/2023] In 2021, the popularity of non-fungible tokens or NFTs exploded as sales reached over $17.7 billion (Non-fungible.com, 2021). An NFT represents a unique digital asset that cannot be replicated and is verifiable on a blockchain. One reason behind the growth is due to the virtual communities built around NFT projects. Despite this exponential growth, there is no literature on the communities that facilitated this massive growth. This project aimed to examine how NFT projects on the Cardano blockchain built trust with their community by conducting semi-structured in-depth interviews with cNFT project teams. Drawing from the commitment-trust theory, this study analyzes how developers and community managers build and sustain trust with their communities. This research asks two questions. First, how do NFT project teams, specifically within Cardano blockchain (cNFTs), build trust within virtual communities? Second, what strategies, mechanisms, and/or tactics do NFT project teams implement to manage trust in their virtual communities? To answer these questions, semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted to learn about creators' or community managers' experience building and sustaining trust. There were six themes on how NFT project teams built and managed trust: let the community know the people behind the team, be online and active, collaborate with other projects and respected members in the NFT space, manage the community's expectations of the project, honestly communicate and be transparent, and build a strong track record.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.format.extent3 fileseng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/90829
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionFreely available projects (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. School of Journalism. Journalism masters projectseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.lcshJournalism -- Study and teaching (Internship)eng
dc.titleHow to build trust in NFT communities : an analysis of strategies to build trust and commitment in NFT projectseng
dc.typeProjecteng
thesis.degree.disciplineJournalismeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.A.eng


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