Social Spaces on the Internet:  social ( signals + media )

  Fall 2015


Signals of Status
Assignment 4

Read

1.  Eric Gilbert.  Phrases That Signal Workplace Hierarchy.  CSCW12.
2.  Lee Sproull and Sara Kiesler.  Connections.  MIT Press.  1993.  Chapter 4, Electronic Group Dynamics.
3.  Feltovich, Nick, Rick Harbaugh, and Ted To. Too Cool for School: Signalling and Countersignaling. RAND Journal of Economics 33, no. 4. 2002.

Write up

This week's write up is more free-form.
1. Discuss 2 examples of countersignalling in online social media (in detail).
2. What cues may convey status online?  What are the costs of misrepresenting them?  Choose an online space (Facebook, Klout, Ravelry, personal forums, etc.) and describe.
3. Discuss the mechanisms for hierarchy on Klout.com or similar computational reputation generating infrastructure.

Responses should be submitted via compass in PDF form. 

Late responses will not be accepted.


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