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    • Human Information Behavior
      Blogs : the construction of sense of community
      BibiAlajmi
    • Human Information Behavior
      Communities
      Communities
      Virtual Communities
      Virtual settlement: the virtual place in which people interact (John,1997)
    • Human Information Behavior
      The physiological of sense of community(McMillan & Chavis, 1986)
      Membership: the feeling of belonging or of sharing a personal relatedness.
      Influence: a sense of mattering, of making a difference to a group and the group of mattering to its members.
      Integration & Fulfillment of needs: where the feeling that members needs will be met by the resources received through their membership
      Shared emotional connection: where people tend to disclose their feelings when they feel safe.
    • Human Information Behavior
      Research Focus & Question
      Research Questions (1): Can we use language –discourse—to predict the sense of community in blogs?
      Research Question (2): What are the major attributes for describing blogs as virtual community.
      Research Question (3): Should blogs be considered a virtual community or a virtual settlement (online space in which individual interact interact).
    • Human Information Behavior
      Data Collection & Sample
      Following grounded theory approach
      Content Analysis—Blogs comments and posts.
      ATLAS.ti
      • Blogs---Cited as Kuwaiti Blogs
      • ---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.
    • Human Information Behavior
      Data Analysis---General Observation
      Male are more likely to create blogs than female, 80/20 percent.
      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.
      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).
      The average of posts is 10-15 post per month.
    • Human Information Behavior
      Data Analysis---Membership
      Sharing feeling of personal relatedness by voicing their own opinions and receiving some positive response back
      E.X From one Level
      248am(B1)--PostComment—KtheKuwaiti (B2)
      From another Level
      KtheKuwaiti (B2)—PostComment—248am(B1)
    • Human Information Behavior
      Data Analysis---Membership
      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.
      Setting boundaries, where member distinguish between “We” and “they”.
    • Human Information Behavior
      Data Analysis---Influence
    • Human Information Behavior
      Data Analysis---Integration & Fulfillment of needs
    • Human Information Behavior
      Data Analysis---Shared Emotional Connection
    • Human Information Behavior
      Conclusion
      Blogs share attributes of virtual communities, when it’s users develop and create sense of community.
      emotion creates an intrinsically rewarding reason to continue participation in these online communities.
      Blogs as virtual communities are the new phenomena for overcoming the distant relationships in the physical communities.
    • Human Information Behavior
      Reference
      Jones, Q. (1997). Virtual-communities, virtual settlements & cyber-archaeology: A theoretical outline. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 3(3), 24.
      McMillan, D., Chavis, D.M.(1986). Sense of community: Definition and theory. Journal of community Psychology, 14, p.6-23.
      Software
      ATLAS.ti available through https://www.scilsnet.rutgers.edu:29443/Citrix/MetaFrame/auth/login.aspx