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Identity Construction on Social Network Sites


Written by E. Agadagba

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Bachelor Thesis


Business Administration>Communication & Media




Bachelor Thesis: Identity construction on social networking sites: The emergence of the Facebook Internet has changed the way people communicate and socialize in our society. In some ways, it makes the lives of individuals in certain societies easier. Most interpersonal interactions are through the Internet through open source software and websites. These software and websites help to transmit messages easily, making time and place irrelevant. With the click of a button, individuals can easily access large amounts of information in a short period of time. In addition, it reduces the time to go to the store to find what to buy. We can buy many kinds of physical objects online, all because the Internet has replaced traditional common activities. The emergence of the Internet has created a new way for people to communicate and manage their social life through this new way, creating a new online world called social networking sites. Social networking sites are one of the fastest-growing sites and may also be the most visited sites on the Internet. They are usually based on membership. According to Danah M. Boyd in her article Social Network Sites: Definition, History and Scholarship, she defines social networking sites as follows: Web-based services that allow individuals (1) to build public or semi-public configurations within a bounded system Documents, (2) clarify the list of other users with whom they share connections, and (3) view and traverse their list of connections and connections established by others in the system. The nature and nomenclature of these links may vary from site to site. Social networking sites are similar to other types of social media and online communities that support computer-mediated communications. The difference between social networking sites and other social media and online communities lies in some features, such as friend lists, personal profiles, walls and other (public comment tools) and stream-based updates. These features enable users to effectively communicate and perform their identity construction: profile profile page is not only unique to social networking sites. They can be found on other sites such as dating sites, but they are the core of social networking sites. The profile page is used as a tool for communicating and interacting with others. Due to the public or semi-public nature of social networking sites and personal information, participants actively and consciously create their personal information for others to view. Personal profile generation is an explicit act of writing themselves into a digital environment (Boyd 2006), and users must determine how they want to present themselves to others who may view their self-expression. Personal data is also a place where people gather and post comments, so in most cases, participants cannot fully control their self-expression, but users can review other people’s comments on their personal data or pictures. For example, on Facebook, users can choose to delete comments they don’t like from their profile, and users can review their profile so that when any institution comments on their status, only the user can see the comment made. Friends list Another attribute of social networking sites is the friend list. Friends list is a common attribute in social networking sites. Users review the people they want to contact, and they confirm these connections by confirming the friend request or rejecting it. In the case of Facebook, before becoming friends with someone on the Internet, the two parties must reach some form of mutual agreement. The user can accept or reject the request as a friend. When this agreement is established, the result will be disclosed to everyone in the friend list, and anyone who has the right to view their personal information can see it. Individuals have different ways of choosing friends on social networking sites. Individuals can decide to accept any user who tries to add them as friends, or reject it. Research shows that individuals tend to accept people on social networking sites based on information displayed on their personal profiles, such as affiliates, location, and mutual friends. Participants of social networking sites generally accept individuals they consider and consider to be part of their social life. These individuals may include current or past friends and acquaintances. But users are also more cautious in accepting people who have control over them, such as teachers, parents, and bosses. A typical profile page consists of username, picture, age, friend list, and affiliates. Another prominent feature on Facebook is the so-called wall. The wall can be used as a place where users can use some public communication tools to post comments and links. Most social networking sites provide different communication tools to support open or semi-public interactions between participants. Featured groups on social networking sites such as Facebook enable participants to gather and share common interests. A common public communication tool is the comment function, which displays conversations on a person’s profile, and their presentation on social networking sites varies. Read Less