[Air-L] user generated content, motivation to post

James Howison james at howison.name
Tue Feb 2 11:05:57 PST 2010


There's a great article about motivations to post in open source user support communities (one of the few articles with data on reading, not just posting):

Lakhani, K. and von Hippel, E. (2003). How open source software works: “free” user-to-user assistance. Research Policy, 32:923–943.

Highlight for me: people read to learn, and post when it's easy for them to answer.  What that says about "reinforcing their existence as subjects" I'm not so sure :)


On Feb 2, 2010, at 13:41, MARIA AMPARO LASEN DIAZ wrote:

> Hi,
> A Mater student of one of my colleagues is researching about people's motivation to post, to share comments and evaluations about products and services, and about the social function of such activities. His hypothesis is that people augment their reality by being read and listened, that this activity would reinforce their existence as a subjects. He's looking for references and concepts about these questions. I would be grateful if you could help.
> Thank you very much,
> All the best 
> Amparo Lasén Dpto Sociología I Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología UCM Campus de Somosaguas Pozuelo de Alarcón 28223 0034913942899 alasen at cps.ucm.es
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