Content or context : Which matters more in information processing on microblogging sites

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-249
Journal / PublicationComputers in Human Behavior
Volume31
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

Abstract

With a framework based on the heuristic-systematic model of information processing, this study examined the effects of both content and contextual factors on the popularity of microblogging posts. The popularity of posts was operationalized as the re-tweeting times and number of comments received by posts, which are users' behavioral outcomes after processing information. The data of the study were 10,000 posts randomly drawn from a popular microblogging site in China. Content factors were found to outperform contextual ones in accounting for the variance in post popularity, which suggests that systematic strategy dominates users' information processing in comparison with heuristic strategy. Our findings implied that re-tweeting and commenting are distinct types of microblogging behaviors. Re-tweeting aims to disseminate information in which the source credibility (e.g., users' authoritativeness) and posts' informativeness play important roles, whereas commenting emphasizes social interaction and conversation in which users' experience and posts' topics are more important.© 2013 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Heuristic-systematic model, Information processing, Microblogging, Post popularity

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Content or context : Which matters more in information processing on microblogging sites. / Zhang, Lun; Peng, Tai-Quan; Zhang, Ya-Peng; Wang, Xiao-Hong; Zhu, Jonathan J.H.

In: Computers in Human Behavior, Vol. 31, No. 1, 02.2014, p. 242-249.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalNot applicablepeer-review