Give 2 examples of "handicap" or costly signals taken from
online communities or social network sites. Describe why
and how they are costly to the sender of the signal. How
and why are they costly to the receiver? What can you say
about the 'quality' of the sender? The receiver?
Give 2 examples of conventional signals taken from online communities or social network
sites. Describe what these signals suggest about the
sender. The receiver?
Choose an online community or social network site that you
frequent. Briefly discuss how the interface of the online
site influences the signals and cues you receive. For
example, Facebook's birthday reminder system allows for quick
and dirty "happy birthday" greetings. This lowers the cost
of remembering and sending someone a birthday note. It
also, however, adds utility in reviving dormant friendship
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