Writing to the unknown: blogging and the presence of backpackers

Panteli, Niki, Yan, Lin and Chamakiotis, Petros (2009) Writing to the unknown: blogging and the presence of backpackers. Published in: Poulymenakou, Angeliki, Pouloudi, Nancy and Pramatari, Katerina, (eds.) Information society research, education, policy and practice in the Mediterranean region: MCIS 2009 [the 4th] Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems, Greece, 25-27 September, 2009. ISBN 9789609856676

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In this paper, we aim to study virtual presence in blogging communities. We argue that though some conceptualization of virtual presence has been made, this only took account of one’s presence among a community of ‘known’ others. Increasingly, however, in blogging and other online communities, users do not necessarily know ‘the others’ but yet they interact with them and develop friendships and lasting relationships. The empirical data is taken from a specific blogging site, its members and audience. We find that the invisible and unknown audience has an important role to play in bloggers’ presence online. In particular, the study highlights the role played by the audience in shaping the blogging experience and the sense of presence that this experience develops.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Petros Chamakiotis
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2016 13:07
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2017 06:11
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59038
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