Towards an understanding of social software: the case of Arinia

Barnes, Stuart J., Boehringer, Martin, Kurze, Christian and Stietzel, Jacqueline (2010) Towards an understanding of social software: the case of Arinia. In: Hawai’i International Conference on Systems Sciences, 2010-01-05 - 2010-01-05.

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This paper presents the case of Arinia, a custom-made piece of social software with strong similarities to today's microblogging applications. Arinia has been in use in a medium-sized technology company for more than 10 years; therefore, it is considered that the software is a valuable source of insights into the underlying principles of microblogging in an enterprise context. Due to the unique nature of the case we used an interpretive approach to learn about Arinia, its users and their contexts, involving semi-structured interviews, a survey, quantitative usage data and an excerpt from the posting base in order to achieve a comprehensive view on the case. The results suggest that there is reasonable potential in sharing micro-level information inside organizations. In particular, the findings provide evidence of enabling factors and allow us to introduce the concept of the 'information food chain'. Together, these findings present a foundation for further research on current microblogging applications.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Article number: 5428451
Uncontrolled Keywords: food chain,on currents,semi structured interviews,social software,technology companies,underlying principles,usage data,computer software,surveys
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
Depositing User: Stuart Barnes
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2011 10:46
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2022 17:30
DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2010.406

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