The value of online friends

Networked resources via social network sites

Michael A. Stefanone, Kyounghee Kwon, Derek Lackaff

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Abstract

This study investigated the instrumental value of resources embedded in online social networks. Forty-nine primary participants solicited a total of 588 secondary participants who were asked to complete a modest task. Approximately 16 percent of all secondary participants responded (N=98) to the request. 8.5 percent of weak ties responded and strong ties were about three times more likely to respond. Perceived reciprocity, contact frequency and a composite measure of tie strength were all positively related to enacted support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFirst Monday
Volume16
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 7 2011
Externally publishedYes

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The value of online friends : Networked resources via social network sites. / Stefanone, Michael A.; Kwon, Kyounghee; Lackaff, Derek.

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Stefanone, Michael A. ; Kwon, Kyounghee ; Lackaff, Derek. / The value of online friends : Networked resources via social network sites. In: First Monday. 2011 ; Vol. 16, No. 2.
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