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Factors that influence the use of web based social networks : a study on Facebook

Show simple item record Atukorala, KW 2011-03-04T07:11:01Z 2011-03-04T07:11:01Z
dc.description A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering for the MBA en_US
dc.description.abstract Today's world is a place where innovation is the norm and technology transforms everything. Today's society like everything else is transformed by technology in a way previously Unthought -of Old methods of communicating in social circles have been redefined over the web as web based social networks. Although work has been done on many areas of social networking on the web, as yet no research has attempted to find out what actually influences people to socialize over the internet on these vastly popular new genres of web sites. Using data collected from 357 randomly selected participants from Sri Lankan regional network on Face book, this research attempts to find what factors influence the use of these social networking sites, whilst trying to define and model the relationships so that site builders and society alike can benefit from the results. For the purposes of this research we define use of social network as peer to peer interaction on these websites. Some of the factors uncovered during the initial pilot studies and literature review are time spent by users on Face book average level of trust in the network, the completeness of a users profile, the level of ethics as expected by the user, the number of friends of the user, the user's emotional bond with Face book, prior offline contacts of the user, new online contacts that user acquires through Face book, the user's perception of critical mass of friends and the usefulness of information tools. The results of the research have shown that these factors in isolation of one another influences the usage of Face book. Furthermore the results of the research indicate these factors can be reduced to just five factors that influence use of social networks when their collective effect is considered rather taking each factor in isolation. These five factors in order of importance are completeness of a person's profile, the user's perception of critical mass of friends, the number of friends in a person's network, the time spent by the user on Face book and the prior offline contacts of the user. As a result of this research, a model has been developed that takes into consideration the above five factors. This model can be used forecast use of Face book based on the five factors identified above.
dc.format.extent ix, 55, cx p. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - Dissertation
dc.subject INTERNET
dc.subject FACEBOOK
dc.title Factors that influence the use of web based social networks : a study on Facebook
dc.type Thesis-Abstract
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US MBA en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Computer Science and Engineering en_US 2007-12
dc.identifier.accno 95693 en_US

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