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Abstract: Friends and Followers: Renegotiating Friendship Online (Pearson, Boyd, Long, Tuszynski)

14. Februar 2010

Da sicher nicht viele Personen – jenseits der Teilnehmenden – folgendes Abstract des Panelbeitrags von Erika Pearson, Danah Boyd, Andrew Long und Stephanie Tuszynski bei der IR10 om Oktober gefunden haben werden, reposte ich es in Auszügen hier noch einmal, da es m.E. einige brauchbare Unterscheidungen trifft (Hervorherbungen von mir):

What makes a ‘friend’ online? On the internet, friend is used as a catchall term to indicate both the closest of online confidantes and the most casual of virtual acquaintances. This panel takes four separate but interlinked approaches to the question of ‘what is a friend online?’ Drawing from different analytical traditions, this panel seeks to critically evaluate how the term is used across different online social experiences, and more importantly, what it means to be a ‘friend’ online.

This panel starts by exploring the public nature of friending other users in SNS, and the politics of reciprocal friending. By interviewing users of the Twitter microblogging service, it will analyze how users negotiate the social issues of their online friendship not being reciprocated.

This leads to the second paper in the panel, which considers Twitter-esque microblogging as a form of online social networking that is supported by weak tie relations, and as such does not demand the same levels of social reciprocity in following behaviour from its users. However, these weak-ties interweave with each other to form narratives which overcome the limitations of the individual weak ties to form rich social narratives which support friend-like behaviour.

From this, the panel will then move on into a discussion of online ‘friendship’ as a social performance, where the social networking sites support both frontstage and backstage areas. It will argue that the act of friending or following includes a mutual understanding of what is frontstage or public, and what is backstage or private, and, more importantly, that the space utilized to act as these stages shifts depending on user perceptions and the differing ties between the users themselves.

Finally, this panel concludes with a discussion of how these online social ties overlap with our offline social ties, through the use of real names and existing social structures. It considers the changing nature of online friendship as online social networking becomes increasingly integrated in our everyday social practices. […]

Hier kann man den vollen Abstract lesen.

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