A review of social networking service (SNS) research in communication journals from 2006 to 2011

Yin Zhang*, Louis Leung

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article presents a review of the scholarship on social networking services (SNS) in the period from 2006 to 2011. Through a full scan of the academic output published in six high-ranking communication journals listed in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) within the six-year period, 84 directly relevant articles were identified. The study summarizes the objects of study, methodological preferences, and thematic patterns of recent SNS research. Challenges to the field and several reflections are addressed. The findings provide not only an overview of current ongoing research trends but also insights for future studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1007-1024
Number of pages18
JournalNew Media and Society
Volume17
Issue number7
Early online date27 Jan 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Literature review
  • methodological preference
  • objects of study
  • social networking services
  • thematic pattern

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