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Questions, inspiration, feedback, and contributions: How entrepreneurs network online
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2011 (English)In: International Conference on Communities & Technologies, 2011Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This work investigates how entrepreneurs use social networking sites for business. Through surveys, online discussions and interviews, we have looked at activities, motives for participating on networking sites for business, motives for contributing, and differences between online and offline networking. Our results show that networking, facts finding, and marketing are very common activities while sharing of experience is quite rare. Entrepreneurs connect with new people online rather than reifying offline networks. A novel use of social media is that of small businesses using Facebook as a web hotel. We believe that an important explanation to our results is that social media are still informal and not yet incorporated in traditional work routines.

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2011.
Keyword [en]
Entrepreneurs, social networking sites, small business, networking
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Information Systems
Research subject
Man-Machine-Interaction (MMI)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-67407ISBN: 978-1-4503-0824-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-67407DiVA: diva2:470193
Conference
5th International Conference on Communities & Technologies
Available from: 2011-12-28 Created: 2011-12-28 Last updated: 2012-01-03Bibliographically approved

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