Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2018 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Privacy and Disclosure in a Social Networking Community

  • Jessica VitakEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7131-2_206



Context collapse

When multiple distinct audiences (e.g., family, coworkers, friends) are flattened into a single homogenous group; occurs in offline (e.g., wedding) and online (e.g., Facebook “Friends”) environments

Impression management

Sum of behaviors individuals engage in to either control or manipulate attributions other people form about them. See also self-presentation


Ability of individuals to seclude themselves – or information about themselves – from the public; ability to selectively control information distribution about oneself


Form of self-presentation; according to Wheeless and Grotz (1976), selfdisclosure is “any message about the self that a person communicates with another” (p. 338)


Process by which individuals reveal and/or conceal specific aspects of the self to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Information StudiesUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Felix Wu
    • 1
  • Henric Johnson
    • 2
  1. 1.UC-DavisDavisUSA
  2. 2.Blekinge Institute of TechnologyKarlskronaSweden