Faceplant: impression (mis)management in Facebook status updates


Barash, V.; Ducheneaut, N.; Isaacs, E.; Bellotti, V. (2010). Faceplant: impression (mis)management in Facebook status updates. Proceedings of 4th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM); 2010 May 23-26; Washington, DC.


While recent research examined the kinds of impressions projected by users of Social Network Sites (SNSs) through their relatively static online profile, the recent addition of status updates to Facebook offers the opportunity to study impression management in a more immediate way. In this paper, we take a first look at data we are collecting using a custom application designed to capture both the impressions given and given off by a users status updates. We show that while users generally succeed at presenting a positive image of themselves, they are only partially aware of how they are coming across and tend to underestimate the strength of the impressions they foster. This is particularly prevalent in the case of self-importance, giving credence to the notion that projecting an inflated sense of self can be a risk in a world where impressions are formed based on micro updates.

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