The benefits of Facebook “Friends”: The social capital implications of Facebook-enabled communication practices

Speaker: Nicole Ellison , Michigan State University

Date: Friday, April 01, 2011

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Refreshments: 2:45 PM

Public: Yes

Location: Patil/Kiva Seminar Room, 32-G449

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Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL

Contact: Juho Kim, 6507969759,

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This talk will provide an overview of research exploring the social capital implications of social network site use. Specifically, I will report on a program of research exploring Facebook use and the ways in which the site is used to gather information, deepen relationships, garner social support, and access diverse information and perspectives. Building upon our 2007 article in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (Ellison, Steinfield, & Lampe, 2007), we extend our findings regarding the link between Facebook use and social capital to explore specific behaviors that are most predictive of social capital accrual. Our most recent work examines specific Facebook-enabled communication practices and the differences between Facebook Friends and “actual” Facebook Friends among adults and emerging adults (undergraduates).

Nicole Ellison is an associate professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media. Her research explores issues of self-presentation, relationship development, and identity in online environments such as online dating and social network sites. Nicole received her Ph.D in Communication Theory and Research from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in 1999. Currently she is exploring ad-hoc collaboration in social network sites, for a project funded by the National Science Foundation, and perceptions regarding the acceptability of profile discrepancies in online dating profiles. Her previous research has examined the formation of virtual communities and the ways in which telecommuters use information and communication technologies to calibrate the permeability of their work/home boundaries, as explored in her 2004 book, Telework and Social Change. Her work has been published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Communication Research, and the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Representative publications can be found here:

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