What makes a blog a blog? Exploring user conceptualizations

Jeffrey William Treem, Kristin Yates Thomas

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Abstract

What is a blog? While this may seem like a basic question, it is the subject of dispute among researchers, and hardly settled among users of the medium. We return to this fundamental inquiry by asking 89 blog-reading college students how they conceptualize the term and what purpose blogs serve for them. Our findings suggest that perceptions of blogs are varied and ambiguous, and definitions largely fail to distinguish blogs from other online media. We discuss what this means for the study of blogs and other "new" media and argue that more constructionist approaches are necessary to develop ecologically valid theories of media perceptions and use

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICWSM 2010 - Proceedings of the 4th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media
Pages347-350
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2010
Event4th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2010 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: May 23 2010May 26 2010

Publication series

NameICWSM 2010 - Proceedings of the 4th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media

Conference

Conference4th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period5/23/105/26/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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