You are previewing Technical, Social, and Legal Issues in Virtual Communities: Emerging Environments.
O'Reilly logo
Technical, Social, and Legal Issues in Virtual Communities: Emerging Environments

Book Description

Websites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ have enabled users to create virtual communities for social networking and communities of practice. Because of the ever-evolving environment in social networking, there has been much opportunity for new areas of research. Research in virtual communities and social networking has taken different forms with much focus on the software and hardware of the program and the design of the site and its interface and usability. There is also great emphasis on the research behind discovering new opportunities in virtual worlds, as well as the social and behavioral issues related to trust and online culture.Technical, Social and Legal Issues in Virtual Communities: Emerging Environments examines a variety of issues related to virtual communities and social networking, addressing issues related to team identification, leader-member issues, social networking for education, participation in social networks, and other issues directly related to this eclectic field of study. This publication provides comprehensive coverage and understanding of the social, cultural, organizational, human, and cognitive issues related to the virtual communities and social networking. Readers will find that this book encompasses an overall body of knowledge regarding participation of individuals, groups and organizations in virtual communities and networks, by providing an outlet for scholarly research in the area.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Associate Editors
    2. List of Reviewers
  5. PREFACE
    1. INTRODUCTION
  6. Section 1: Social Aspects of Virtual Communities and Social Networks
    1. Chapter 1: Use and Participation in Virtual Social Networks
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THEORETICAL BACKGROUND
      4. HYPOTHESES
      5. METHODOLOGY
      6. EMPIRICAL RESULTS
      7. DISCUSSION AND IMPLICATIONS
      8. LIMITATIONS AND FUTURE RESEARCH
    2. Chapter 2: Effects of Computer Self Efficacy on the Use and Adoption of Online Social Networking
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. ANALYSIS
      4. DISCUSSION OF RESULTS
      5. IMPLICATIONS
    3. Chapter 3: Team Identification, Team Performance and Leader-Member Exchange Relationships in Virtual Groups
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. METHODS
      4. RESULTS
      5. DISCUSSION
      6. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 4: Geographic Information Networks in American Indian Governments and Communities
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. PRESCRIPTIVE AND PEER-TO-PEER NETWORKS
      4. PRESCRIPTIVE GOVERNMENT GIS NETWORKS
      5. DECENTRALIZED GIS NETWORKS
      6. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 5: Understanding the Video Bloggers’ Community
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. RESEARCH METHOD
      5. CONCLUSION
    6. Chapter 6: Analysis of Students’ Engagement and Activities in a Virtual Learning Community
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. DESCRIPTION OF STUDY
      4. RESULTS
      5. CONCLUSION
    7. Chapter 7: Social Identity in Facebook Community Life
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. IDENTITY: A KEY CONSTRUCT
      4. SOCIAL IDENTITY IN COMMUNITIES
      5. CURRENT STUDIES OF ONLINE IDENTITY
      6. METHOD: SCENARIO- BASED INTERVIEWS
      7. RESULTS
      8. CONCLUSION AND DISCUSSION
  7. Section 2: Business Applications of Social Networks
    1. Chapter 8: The Role of Virtual Communities in the Customization of e-Services
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LITERATURE SURVEY
      4. RESEARCH HYPOTHESES
      5. RESEARCH METHOD
      6. ANALYSIS OF THE SURVEY RESULTS
      7. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
      8. APPENDIX A
    2. Chapter 9: Explaining Job Searching Through Social Networking Sites
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1. INTRODUCTION
      3. 2. LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. 3. METHODOLOGY
      5. 4. FINDINGS AND DISCUSSION
      6. 5. CONCLUSION AND IMPLICATIONS
    3. Chapter 10: Should Employees Accept Their Boss's Facebook ‘Friend’ Request?
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CULTURAL DIFFERENCES IN REACTIONS TO ‘FRIEND’ REQUESTS FROM ONE’S BOSS
      4. DISCUSSION
    4. Chapter 11: Business Models for On-Line Social Networks
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1 INTRODUCTION
      3. 2 EMERGENCE OF SOCIAL NETWORKS AND CLOUD COMPUTING
      4. 3 BUSINESS MODELS
      5. 5 CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
      6. 6 CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 12: Occupational Networking as a Form of Professional Identification
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THEORETICAL UNDERPINNINGS OF PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY AND IS PROFESSIONALS
      4. METHODOLOGY
      5. IT-ENABLED PROFESSIONAL NETWORKS AS A SOURCE OF PROFESSIONAL IDENTIFICATION
      6. THE TESTIMONY OF DEXTERITY, HONESTY AND COMPETENCY
      7. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
  8. Section 3: Cross Cultural and International Studies
    1. Chapter 13: Tracing Community Life across Virtual Settlements
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1 INTRODUCTION
      3. 2 THEORETICAL MOTIVATION
      4. 3 TRACING VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS VIRTUAL SETTLEMENTS
      5. 4 IMPLICATIONS
      6. 5 CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 14: The Impact of Social Networking Websites on the Education of Youth
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. METHODOLOGY
      5. ANALYSIS
      6. FINDINGS AND CONCLUSION
      7. SUGGESTIONS
    3. Chapter 15: A Cross-Cultural Examination of Student Attitudes and Gender Differences in Facebook Profile Content
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. SELF-PRESENTATION IN SOCIAL NETWORKING PROFILES
      4. CONCERN FOR AUDIENCE AND DISCLOSURE OF PROFILE CONTENT
      5. CULTURAL DIFFERENCES IN PROFILE CONTENT
      6. METHOD
      7. DISCUSSION
      8. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 16: Networking Identities
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. METHOD OF INVESTIGATION
      4. MULTIPLICITY AND INSTABILITY: THE NET AND THE POSTMODERN SOCIETY
      5. POSTMODERN IDENTITY AND COMMUNITY
      6. NET INTERACTIONS AND VIRTUAL SELVES
      7. ROLE PLAYING: CHARACTERS AND HANDLES
      8. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 17: Computational Trust in SocialWeb
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE NATURE AND CONCEPT OF SOCIAL TRUST
      4. FACTORS INFLUENCING SOCIAL TRUST
      5. SOCIAL TRUST MODELS
      6. SOCIAL TRUST ISSUES, CONTROVERSIES AND PROBLEMS
      7. CONCLUSION
    6. Chapter 18: Impact of Social Networking on College Students
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. METHODS
      5. RESULTS
      6. CONCLUSION AND FUTURE RESEARCH
    7. Chapter 19: Managing Collaborative Research Networks
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LITERATURE REVIEW AND RESEARCH QUESTIONS
      4. THE CONSORTIA NETWORK
      5. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
    8. Chapter 20: Some Research Challenges for Studies of Virtual Communities Using On-Line Tells
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1 INTRODUCTION
      3. 2 TWO BROAD RESEARCH QUESTIONS RELATING TO VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES
      4. 3 FOUR POTENTIAL RESEARCH THEMES FOR FUTURE WORK ON VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES
      5. 4 CONCLUSION
  9. Compilation of References
  10. About the Contributors