Making an entrance 2.0: the linguistics of introductory success in virtual communities

James A Dove, Dawn L Eubanks, Niki Panteli, Leon A Watts, Adam N Joinson

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Abstract

Virtual communities depend on members, and more specifically new members, for their lifeblood. To become a member of a virtual community, one must introduce oneself to the group, and be accepted as a member. We present here a series of two linguistic studies investigating newcomer introductions in seven Web 2.0 online communities. In the first study, we successfully developed a logistic regression model that differentiates introductions from random messages with 82.5% accuracy using 12 linguistic markers. In the second study we correlated linguistic features of introductory messages with measures of their success. Increased usage of 1st person singular pronouns and past tense words in introductions was associated with greater success. Higher levels of first person plural and present tense words in introductions was associated with reduced success. Although these linguistic markers have effect across groups, there is evidence to suggest that some markers might vary between groups, depending on whether a dedicated introductions subforum is provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 44th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-44 2010
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherIEEE
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781424496181
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-44 2010, January 4, 2011 - January 7, 2011 - Koloa, Kauai, HI, USA United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Conference

Conference44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-44 2010, January 4, 2011 - January 7, 2011
CountryUSA United States
CityKoloa, Kauai, HI
Period1/01/11 → …

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    Dove, J. A., Eubanks, D. L., Panteli, N., Watts, L. A., & Joinson, A. N. (2011). Making an entrance 2.0: the linguistics of introductory success in virtual communities. In Proceedings of the 44th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-44 2010 (pp. 1-10). [5718716] (Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2011.290