Tweeting badges

User motivations for displaying achievement in publicly networked environments

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Abstract

Badge systems, a common mechanism for gamification on social media platforms, provide a way for users to present their knowledge or experience to others. This study aims to contribute to the understanding of why social media users publicize their achievements in the form of online badges. Five motivational factors for badge display in public networked environments are distinguished - self-efficacy, social incentives, networked support, passing time, and inattentive sharing - and it is suggested that different badge types are associated with different motivations. System developers are advised to consider these components in their designs, applying the elements most appropriate to the communities they serve. Comparing user motivations associated with badges shared across boundaries provides a better understanding of how online badges relate to the larger social media ecosystem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-100
Number of pages8
JournalCyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Applied Psychology
  • Communication
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Social Psychology

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