Human Information Behavior                    <br />Blogs : the construction of sense of community<br />BibiAlajmi<br />
Human Information Behavior                    <br />Communities<br />Communities<br />Virtual Communities<br />Virtual set...
Human Information Behavior                    <br />The physiological of sense of community(McMillan & Chavis, 1986)<br />...
Human Information Behavior                    <br />Research Focus & Question<br />Research Questions (1): Can we use lang...
Human Information Behavior                    <br />Data Collection & Sample<br />Following grounded theory approach<br />...
         ---Written in English
         ---Rich in its content
Collect them through www.kuwaitblogs.com
Data collected from five blogs, within April’s posts. Critical time in Kuwait Politics. </li></li></ul><li>Human Informati...
Human Information Behavior                    <br />Data Analysis---Membership<br />Sharing feeling of personal relatednes...
Human Information Behavior                    <br />Data Analysis---Membership<br />Blogroll reflects an extensive tool fo...
Human Information Behavior                    <br />Data Analysis---Influence<br />
Human Information Behavior                    <br />Data Analysis---Integration & Fulfillment           of needs<br />
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  1. 1. Human Information Behavior <br />Blogs : the construction of sense of community<br />BibiAlajmi<br />
  2. 2. Human Information Behavior <br />Communities<br />Communities<br />Virtual Communities<br />Virtual settlement: the virtual place in which people interact (John,1997)<br />
  3. 3. Human Information Behavior <br />The physiological of sense of community(McMillan & Chavis, 1986)<br />Membership: the feeling of belonging or of sharing a personal relatedness.<br />Influence: a sense of mattering, of making a difference to a group and the group of mattering to its members.<br />Integration & Fulfillment of needs: where the feeling that members needs will be met by the resources received through their membership<br />Shared emotional connection: where people tend to disclose their feelings when they feel safe.<br />
  4. 4. Human Information Behavior <br />Research Focus & Question<br />Research Questions (1): Can we use language –discourse—to predict the sense of community in blogs?<br />Research Question (2): What are the major attributes for describing blogs as virtual community.<br />Research Question (3): Should blogs be considered a virtual community or a virtual settlement (online space in which individual interact interact).<br />
  5. 5. Human Information Behavior <br />Data Collection & Sample<br />Following grounded theory approach<br />Content Analysis—Blogs comments and posts.<br />ATLAS.ti<br /><ul><li>Blogs---Cited as Kuwaiti Blogs
  6. 6. ---Written in English
  7. 7. ---Rich in its content
  8. 8. Collect them through www.kuwaitblogs.com
  9. 9. Data collected from five blogs, within April’s posts. Critical time in Kuwait Politics. </li></li></ul><li>Human Information Behavior <br />Data Analysis---General Observation<br />Male are more likely to create blogs than female, 80/20 percent.<br />Male tend to have more text-based blogs, images are used within the post. Female tend to have more image-based blogs, images are not necessary within the posts.<br />Male tend to talk more about others (Kuwait politics, government, friends; while Female tend to talk more about themselves (what they like most, their hobbies).<br />The average of posts is 10-15 post per month.<br />
  10. 10. Human Information Behavior <br />Data Analysis---Membership<br />Sharing feeling of personal relatedness by voicing their own opinions and receiving some positive response back<br /> E.X From one Level<br />248am(B1)--PostComment—KtheKuwaiti (B2)<br />From another Level<br />KtheKuwaiti (B2)—PostComment—248am(B1)<br />
  11. 11. Human Information Behavior <br />Data Analysis---Membership<br />Blogroll reflects an extensive tool for developing communication networks. BlogA link to BlogB, BlogB link to Blog C, and BlogC link to BlogA. Better analyzed through SNA. <br />Setting boundaries, where member distinguish between “We” and “they”.<br />
  12. 12. Human Information Behavior <br />Data Analysis---Influence<br />
  13. 13. Human Information Behavior <br />Data Analysis---Integration & Fulfillment of needs<br />
  14. 14. Human Information Behavior <br />Data Analysis---Shared Emotional Connection<br />
  15. 15. Human Information Behavior <br />Conclusion<br />Blogs share attributes of virtual communities, when it’s users develop and create sense of community.<br />emotion creates an intrinsically rewarding reason to continue participation in these online communities. <br />Blogs as virtual communities are the new phenomena for overcoming the distant relationships in the physical communities.<br />
  16. 16. Human Information Behavior <br />Reference<br />Jones, Q. (1997). Virtual-communities, virtual settlements & cyber-archaeology: A theoretical outline. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 3(3), 24.<br />McMillan, D., Chavis, D.M.(1986). Sense of community: Definition and theory. Journal of community Psychology, 14, p.6-23.<br />Software<br />ATLAS.ti available through https://www.scilsnet.rutgers.edu:29443/Citrix/MetaFrame/auth/login.aspx<br />

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