Self-Disclosure Through Weblog (A Descriptive Study about Influential Factors of Friendster’s Webloggers in doing Self-Disclosure)


ABSTRACT

Jenderal Soedirman University

Socio-Political Science Faculty

Communication Department

January, 2008

Annisa Fitri Wulandari

F1C003041

SELF-DISCLOSURE THROUGH WEBLOG

(A Descriptive Study about Influential Factors of Friendster’s Webloggers in doing Self-Disclosure)

Weblog as a product of communication technology development have become one of the media to do self-disclosure. Friendster as a popular site with a circle of friends techniques offered broad network to connect people from all over the world. One of its facilities is blog.

The phenomena of Friendster and its blog have been brought into the research entitled “Self-disclosure through Weblog (A Descriptive Study about Influential Factors of Friendster’s Webloggers in Doing Self-Disclosure)”. The purpose of the research was to find out the influential factors of Friendster’s webloggers in doing self-disclosure. The method of research used was descriptive qualitative method, which focused on Friendster’s webloggers as the object of the research. Purposive Sampling technique was used in selecting the informants. Based on the informants’ characteristics, there were six informants to be interviewed in the research. The informants had explained the influential factors in disclosing themselves through Friendster’s blog. Data triangulation was used to measure the validity of the research.

Based on the research, it was concluded that Friendster has been chosen because of its simplicity in posting the stories and its ability to give automatic and regular updates notification to all friends in one’s network. There were several influential factors that lead people to disclose themselves through Friendster’s weblog. The factors were included personal attraction factor and situational attraction factor. These two factor were derived into some factors; personal characteristic similarity, emotional pressure, social isolation, physical attractiveness, rewards, familiarity and competence. Beside that, another influential factors found in the field showed that friends, wider access of blog and anonymity have also been contributed in leading someone to do self-disclosure. At most, the major influential factor that leads someone to do self-disclosure was personal motivation to improve the writing ability.

Keywords: Friendster, Blog, Self-Disclosure

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