Interactivity redefined for the social Web

Vishal Sachdev, Sridhar Nerur, James T.C. Teng

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With the trend towards social interaction over the Internet and the mushrooming of Web sites such as MySpace, Facebook and YouTube in the social computing space, practitioners and researchers are motivated to explain the sudden surge in user interest. The authors propose that interactivity is an important and appropriate subject of investigation to shed light on this explosion in social media use. Based on a review of the extant literature, they justify the use of interactivity for addressing research questions motivated by this new phenomenon. In particular, they propose a redefinition of interactivity for the social computing domain and term it Social Computing Interactivity (SCI). The authors suggest possible operationalizations of the dimensions of SCI and explore theory bases which would inform a study of their relevance in predicting the continued growth of social computing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Social Software and Developing Community Ontologies
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781605662084
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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