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You Are What You Post: Using Social Network Profiles to Express Identity

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The current study examines how Social Network Profiles (SNPs) are working as an expression of personal and social identity, and which identities are most salient in this medium. Using symbolic interactionism and identity theory, the social and personal identities SNP authors are simultaneously expressing through SNPs were explored using nine identity categories. Using a content analysis to examine 285 SNPs authored by members of the Net Generation, this study identified content features of SNPs that are an expression of identity. Findings proved SNPs to be an important medium for identity construction. Results of the analysis showed interpersonal and interactive identities were prevalent but specifically social identity proved to be more salient than personal identity, likely to facilitate social interaction by drawing SNP visitorsÂ’ attention via personal representations.

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Gearhart, Sherice. and Kang, Seok. "You Are What You Post: Using Social Network Profiles to Express Identity" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore, Jun 22, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p402961_index.html>

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Gearhart, S. and Kang, S. , 2010-06-22 "You Are What You Post: Using Social Network Profiles to Express Identity" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p402961_index.html

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Abstract: The current study examines how Social Network Profiles (SNPs) are working as an expression of personal and social identity, and which identities are most salient in this medium. Using symbolic interactionism and identity theory, the social and personal identities SNP authors are simultaneously expressing through SNPs were explored using nine identity categories. Using a content analysis to examine 285 SNPs authored by members of the Net Generation, this study identified content features of SNPs that are an expression of identity. Findings proved SNPs to be an important medium for identity construction. Results of the analysis showed interpersonal and interactive identities were prevalent but specifically social identity proved to be more salient than personal identity, likely to facilitate social interaction by drawing SNP visitorsÂ’ attention via personal representations.


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