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      Motivations and usage patterns of Weibo.

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      Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking

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          Referred to as "Weibo," microblogging in China has witnessed an exponential growth. In addition to the Twitter-like functionality, Weibo allows rich media uploads into user feeds, provides threaded comments, and offers applications, games, and Weibo medals. This expanded functionality, as well as the observed differences in trending content, suggests potentially different user motivations to join Weibo and their usage patterns compared to Twitter. This pioneering study identifies dominant Weibo user motivations and their effects on usage patterns. We discuss the findings of an online survey of 234 Weibo users and suggest managerial implications and future research directions.

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          Journal
          Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw
          Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking
          2152-2723
          2152-2715
          Jun 2012
          : 15
          : 6
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Hull College of Business, Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia 30813, USA. gzhang@aug.edu
          Article
          10.1089/cyber.2011.0615
          22703037

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