As a potential first point of contact, effective profile construction may play a pivotal role in the management of first impressions.Identity construction in profiles seems to be particularly important for chat room users, because they are often likely to interact with strangers.He has developed tools for downloading and analysing Web sites, blogs and social networking sites, including the research Web crawler Soc Sci Bot and software for statistical and topological analyses of site structures (through links) and site content (through text).He has published 152 refereed journal articles, seven book chapters, and two books including Introduction to Webometrics, is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology and sits on eight other editorial boards.One does not need to be proficient in computer programming to design a simple online profile as a means to interact with others.Although Lenhart and Madden (2007) found that that 49 percent of U. teens using SNSs do so to make new friends, the existing literature suggests that SNSs are used principally to maintain pre–existing off–line networks (boyd and Ellison, 2007; Ellison, , 2007).Furthermore, chat room users are said to construct their profiles in a manner that increases the possibility of being contacted by desirable others (Li, 2007).For these reasons, one might expect the type of information that chat room users make available about themselves to differ from the profiles on other online applications (for example, SNSs or blog sites).
There are sex differences in the types of information posted on chat room profiles, with women tending to include more personal information.
Therefore, this study is principally interested in investigating the types of profile information that chat room users make available about themselves so comparisons can be made with previous findings from profile construction studies on social networking and blog sites.
Self–disclosure has been described as the process by which we tell others about ourselves (Jourard, 1971), the revelation and concealment of private information (Burgoon, 1982) and more recently as the divulging of intimate information about the self (Derlega, , 1993).
page=15894 University of Wolverhampton United Kingdom Chris Fullwood is a senior lecturer in the Psychology Department of the University of Wolverhampton, U. and is a member of the Wolverhampton Internet and Technology Society (WITS) research group.
University of Wolverhampton United Kingdom Mike Thelwall is Professor of Information Science and leader of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group at the University of Wolverhampton, U. He is also visiting fellow of the Amsterdam Virtual Knowledge Studio, a Docent at Åbo Akademi University Department of Information Studies, and a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute.
Motivations for creating profiles in nonymous environments (in other words, environments in which personal identity information is readily available), such as personal Web pages and social networking sites, may also differ from those who choose to create a profile in an environment in which users may remain anonymous.