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Interactivity Redefined for the Social Web

Interactivity Redefined for the Social Web
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Author(s): V. Sachdev (Middle Tennessee State University, USA), S. Nerur (University of Texas at Arlington, USA) and J. T.C. Teng (University of Texas at Arlington, USA)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 14
Source title: Handbook of Research on Social Software and Developing Community Ontologies
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Stylianos Hatzipanagos (King’s College London, UK) and Steven Warburton (King’s College London, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-208-4.ch028

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Abstract

With the trend towards social interaction over the Internet and the mushrooming of Web sites such as MySpace, Facebook and YouTube in the social computing space, practitioners and researchers are motivated to explain the sudden surge in user interest. The authors propose that interactivity is an important and appropriate subject of investigation to shed light on this explosion in social media use. Based on a review of the extant literature, they justify the use of interactivity for addressing research questions motivated by this new phenomenon. In particular, they propose a redefinition of interactivity for the social computing domain and term it Social Computing Interactivity (SCI). The authors suggest possible operationalizations of the dimensions of SCI and explore theory bases which would inform a study of their relevance in predicting the continued growth of social computing.

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