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En studie om studenters användning av vänlistor på Facebook
Södertörn University, School of Communication, Media and it.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
A Study on Students' Use of Friend Lists on Facebook (English)
Abstract [en]

Friend lists allow Facebook users to group their friends and may be used to share certain information only with those in a specific list. This function has been around for several years, but has never gained any particular popularity among users, most of whom probably did not know it even existed a couple of years ago. In the fall of 2011, however, the function was updated and made more visible on the site.

There are several possible uses of friend lists, such as privacy control, filtering of the news feed, self-presentation and targeted information sharing. This paper aims to investigate the extent to which friend lists are used by students today, as well as why students actually use their lists, i.e. for what purposes.

Judging from the results of this study in comparison with earlier research, there seems to have been a somewhat recent increase in the awareness of the fact that friend lists actually do exist, but still most users tend not to utilize them. Moreover, the results indicate that friend lists quite rarely are used for privacy control, or anything else for that matter, probably due to a number of drawbacks that they possess as of today.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Facebook, friend grouping, identity, lists, privacy, sharing
National Category
Media Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-15336OAI: diva2:492638
Subject / course
Media Technology
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2012-02-08Bibliographically approved

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