Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship


Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Blackwell Publishing Limited, Volume 13, Number 1, p.210-230 (2007)






SOCIAL networks; WEB sites; ONLINE social networks; SCHOLARSHIPS; WEB 2.0


Social network sites (SNSs) are increasingly attracting the attention of academic and industry researchers intrigued by their affordances and reach. This special theme section of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication brings together scholarship on these emergent phenomena. In this introductory article, we describe features of SNSs and propose a comprehensive definition. We then present one perspective on the history of such sites, discussing key changes and developments. After briefly summarizing existing scholarship concerning SNSs, we discuss the articles in this special section and conclude with considerations for future research. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR Copyright of Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication is the property of Blackwell Publishing Limited and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts)


ArticleAccession Number: 27940595; Boyd, Danah M. 1; Ellison, Nicole B. 2; Affiliations: 1: School of Information, University of California-Berkeley; 2: Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media, Michigan State University; Issue Info: Nov2007, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p210; Thesaurus Term: SOCIAL networks; Thesaurus Term: WEB sites; Subject Term: ONLINE social networks; Subject Term: SCHOLARSHIPS; Subject Term: WEB 2.0; NAICS/Industry Codes: 813211 Grantmaking Foundations; NAICS/Industry Codes: 624190 Other Individual and Family Services; NAICS/Industry Codes: 519130 Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals; Number of Pages: 21p; Illustrations: 1 diagram; Document Type: Article