http://andrew‐long.name
                         @socialspace




Who needs friends
when you can have
   followers?
      ...
“The Bath Item Gift
                      Hypothesis"
                                       “You bought me a
            ...
“The Bath Item Gift
                      Hypothesis"


                                       “You haven't given me
     ...
socialspace

There is no explicit support for
reciprocity on Twitter.

five hours ago from New Zealand
socialspace
Ties are directed; formation can
be easy, organic, ad hoc and
intimate (see ambient intimacy),
but not necessa...
socialspace
Friendship is reciprocal.
Maintaining good relations over
time, requires mutually beneficial
exchanges and eff...
socialspace
Embedded in these exchanges is
a sense of obligation, in which
participants can feel compelled
to reciprocate,...
socialspace
Friendship also requires consent
(amongst other things) from
both parties to establish a
potentially long last...
socialspace

Twitter does not require consent
nor reciprocity in order to play
an active part in others’ lives.
five hours...
socialspace

Therefore, any sense of
obligation is removed as a
consequence.
five hours ago from New Zealand
socialspace
If this is true, then why are
people prepared to help others
on Twitter, when their only
connection is to foll...
socialspace
One answer I would like to
suggest is that, it is the
interwoven narratives that
Twitter users share overtime....
socialspace
People are motivated to help
those to whom they feel apart of
their stories, as they unfold in
real-time.
five...
socialspace
The nowness creates a sense of
urgency, inspiring action and
providing social capital where
only the weakest t...
socialspace
The point being, that the benefits
of friendship can still be had with
out the burden of reciprocity and
there...
socialspace

Is Twitter stripping friendship to
its essentials, like its done to
mediated communication?
five hours ago fr...
socialspace

I’m not sure, but I think it might
be an interesting phenomenon
to follow.
five hours ago from New Zealand
socialspace
Thanks to Erika for showing the
slides, danah and Stephanie for
doing their thing, and to all of
you for beari...
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This is a set of slides produced to support a remote talk for "IR10 (Internet: Critical)" conference. I was unable to attend so instead had these slides displayed while I supported the presentation over Twitter (NZ <--> Milwaukee)..

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  1. 1. http://andrew‐long.name @socialspace Who needs friends when you can have followers? Information Science
  2. 2. “The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" “You bought me a present? Why would you do such a thing? I know you think you're being generous, but the foundation of gift giving is reciprocity.” -- Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory, season 2, episode 11 http://xav‐drawordie.deviantart.com/
  3. 3. “The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" “You haven't given me a gift. You've given me an obligation.” -- Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory, season 2, episode 11 http://xav‐drawordie.deviantart.com/
  4. 4. socialspace There is no explicit support for reciprocity on Twitter. five hours ago from New Zealand
  5. 5. socialspace Ties are directed; formation can be easy, organic, ad hoc and intimate (see ambient intimacy), but not necessarily reciprocal. five hours ago from New Zealand
  6. 6. socialspace Friendship is reciprocal. Maintaining good relations over time, requires mutually beneficial exchanges and effort. five hours ago from New Zealand
  7. 7. socialspace Embedded in these exchanges is a sense of obligation, in which participants can feel compelled to reciprocate, in kind. five hours ago from New Zealand
  8. 8. socialspace Friendship also requires consent (amongst other things) from both parties to establish a potentially long lasting bond . five hours ago from New Zealand
  9. 9. socialspace Twitter does not require consent nor reciprocity in order to play an active part in others’ lives. five hours ago from New Zealand
  10. 10. socialspace Therefore, any sense of obligation is removed as a consequence. five hours ago from New Zealand
  11. 11. socialspace If this is true, then why are people prepared to help others on Twitter, when their only connection is to follow them? five hours ago from New Zealand
  12. 12. socialspace One answer I would like to suggest is that, it is the interwoven narratives that Twitter users share overtime. five hours ago from New Zealand
  13. 13. socialspace People are motivated to help those to whom they feel apart of their stories, as they unfold in real-time. five hours ago from New Zealand
  14. 14. socialspace The nowness creates a sense of urgency, inspiring action and providing social capital where only the weakest ties exist. five hours ago from New Zealand
  15. 15. socialspace The point being, that the benefits of friendship can still be had with out the burden of reciprocity and therefore, obligation. five hours ago from New Zealand
  16. 16. socialspace Is Twitter stripping friendship to its essentials, like its done to mediated communication? five hours ago from New Zealand
  17. 17. socialspace I’m not sure, but I think it might be an interesting phenomenon to follow. five hours ago from New Zealand
  18. 18. socialspace Thanks to Erika for showing the slides, danah and Stephanie for doing their thing, and to all of you for bearing with me. five hours ago from New Zealand

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