My favorite unreliable source? Information sharing and acquisition through informal networks

Rebekah Willson, George Buchanan, Gary Burnett, Nicole Ellison, Sanda Erdelez, Michael Twidale

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Informal information networks are the personal connections of friends, family and colleagues that people use to help them find information. Recently, a great deal of attention has been paid to social network sites, and other social media, as a key source of information and misinformation in contemporary society. This panel will probe deeper, to investigate the personal connections that underpin and lie behind the social connections visible on social network sites. This issue is of increasing importance as more of our everyday lives are moved online. We will debate what we actually know, and do not know, about how people find information through others, both on- and off-line. From the panel we hope to create a network of scholars interested in creating a research agenda to make informal networks a focus of study going forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere294
JournalProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020


  • informal networks
  • information sharing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Library and Information Sciences


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