Analytical Dimensions for Online Gift-giving: ‘other oriented’ contributions in virtual communities
2007 (English)In: International Journal of Web-based Communities, ISSN 1477-8394 (print) 1741-8216 (online), Vol. 3, no 1, 55-68 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper presents five analytical dimensions regarding online gift giving. The dimensions were derived through a six-month ethnographic study of two co-evolving online communities (one web-based and one application-based). The dimensions are: initiative (active/passive), direction (public/private), incentive (enforced/voluntary), identification (anonymous/recognised) and limitation (open/restrictive). Gifting is a central human activity in many communities, both offline and online. Also, it is, in many ways, a convivial and collaborative activity with a rich history of functioning as a social membrane, which could be at the very core of community management. However, research on the relational and structural embeddedness of gifting in technology-mediated contexts is in its infancy. Consequently, it is suggested that the presented gifting dimensions will support the comparison of similar technologies with dissimilar social effects; that they can aid in using social practices to simplify, or improve, a technical implementation; and that they provide a clearer picture of the requirements of gifting technologies and the social objectives and needs of gifting individuals.
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2007. Vol. 3, no 1, 55-68 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13303DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2007.013774OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13303DiVA: diva2:18268