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Constructing identity on Facebook : report on a pilot study
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ID 437576
Author(s) Bolander, Brook; Locher, Miriam A.
Author(s) at UniBasel Locher, Miriam
Bolander, Brook
Year 2010
Title Constructing identity on Facebook : report on a pilot study
Book title Performing the self
Publisher Narr Verlag
Place of publication Tübingen
Pages 165-185
ISSN/ISBN 978-3-8233-6613-3
Series title Spell
Number 24
Keywords Facebook, identity construction, CMC, social network sites, digital humanities
Abstract In this paper we examine the construction of identity on the Social Network Site (SNS) Facebook. We thereby focus on the language use in personal profiles and Status Updates (SUs) of ten individuals from Switzerland. This paper thus presents the results of a pilot study, which is part of a larger project on language and identity in Facebook. Drawing on previous work on SNSs by Zhao et al. and Nastri et al., this paper highlights that Facebookers use a variety of strategies to construct their identities, i.e., visual, enumerative, narrative (cf. Zhao et al.) and self-labelling practices, as well as what we term ‘Creative language usage’. Results show that identity construction on Facebook tends to be mediated more extensively via implicit identity claims, which corroborates the results of Zhao et al., than explicit ones. We hypothesize that this may be related to the fact that individuals in Facebook tend to have “anchored relationships” (cf. Zhao et al.), which means their Facebook relationships are grounded in offline life. The paper also points to particular factors relating to the medium and the social context of interaction which appear to influence language use in this SNS, and which will need to be studied in further depth as the project proceeds.
URL http://dx.doi.org/10.5169/seals-131305
edoc-URL http://edoc.unibas.ch/dok/A5841162
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.5169/seals-131305
 
   

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