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Vitak, Jessica, Lampe, Cliff, Gray, Rebecca and Ellison, Nicole B. (2012): "Why won't you be my Facebook friend?": strategies for managing context collapse in the workplace. In: Proceedings of the 2012 iConference 2012. pp. 555-557. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2132176.2132286

This poster presents a preliminary analysis of data collected from staff personnel at a large U. S. university regarding their use of the social network site (SNS) Facebook in their personal and professional lives. Sixty-five percent of online American adults now have a profile on a SNS, and Facebook is increasingly utilized in organizational settings such as universities as a tool for information dissemination, recruiting, and promotion of the organization and its programs. Analysis of interview data (N = 26) found that while social media outlets like Facebook offer a number of advantages for reaching diverse populations, navigating work/life boundaries on Facebook was a concern for many participants. Through the lens of context collapse -- the flattening of multiple distinct audiences into a singular group -- we explicate these concerns, focusing on participants' strategies for maintaining boundaries between their personal and professional lives.

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Wohn, Donghee Yvette, Lampe, Cliff, Vitak, Jessica and Ellison, Nicole B. (2011): Coordinating the ordinary: social information uses of Facebook by adults. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 340-347. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1940761.1940808

Social network sites (SNSs) are bundles of information and communication tools that can be used to support collaboration, among other uses. In a qualitative study of adult Facebook users (N=18), we found that some users did turn to the site for information uses that are embedded in social activities, including organizing events, establishing online groups, and seeking information. We also discuss the features of Facebook that respondents discussed as being important to these uses.

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