People Who Create Knowledge Sharing Communities

  • Asako Miura
  • Yasuyuki Kawaura
  • Setsuko Jifuku
  • Naoko Otaki
  • Makoto Okamoto
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4384)

Abstract

Web-based knowledge sharing communities, which are supported by countless voluntary Internet users, are in widespread use in our lives. In one of these communities, Yahoo! Chiebukuro, one of the most famous web-based knowledge sharing communities in Japan, interpersonal communication among members is evoked as well as information exchange and accumulation. In this research, we conducted a questionnaire survey of Yahoo! Chiebukuro members. Based on 7989 survey samples, we intended to describe some features of community members, patterns of their participation in the community, and the reasons they joined the community. Results suggest that many members join the community and post their own information with the altruistic motive of helping others.

Keywords

knowledge sharing community Yahoo! Chiebukuro  questionnaire survey psychology 

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© Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Asako Miura
    • 1
  • Yasuyuki Kawaura
    • 2
  • Setsuko Jifuku
    • 3
  • Naoko Otaki
    • 3
  • Makoto Okamoto
    • 3
  1. 1.Kobe Gakuin University 
  2. 2.Tokyo Keizai University 
  3. 3.Yahoo Japan Corporation 

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