Social Media as Online Information Grounds: A Preliminary Conceptual Framework

  • Bhuva Narayan
  • Bazilah A. Talip
  • Jason Watson
  • Sylvia Edwards
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8279)


Researchers are increasingly grappling with ways of theorizing social media and its use. This review essay proposes that the theory of Information Grounds (IG) may provide a valuable lens for understanding how social media fosters collaboration and social engagement among information professionals. The paper presents literature that helps us understand how social media can be seen as IG, and maps the characteristics of social media to the seven propositions of IG theory. This work is part of a wider study investigating the ways in which Information Technology (IT) professionals experience social media.


Social media use information professionals IT professionals information grounds theory collaboration social networking Twitter study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bhuva Narayan
    • 1
  • Bazilah A. Talip
    • 2
  • Jason Watson
    • 2
  • Sylvia Edwards
    • 2
  1. 1.Communication StudiesUniversity of Technology SydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of Information SystemsQueensland University of TechnologyAustralia

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