Articles about Disclosure in Online Communities

October 20, 2014
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online communities and disclosure

online communities and disclosure

Since presenting on the panel at Stanford Medicine X called Communicating the Experience of Illness in the Digital Age, I’ve been giving more thought on the importance and role of self-disclosure in building online health communities. I’d like to find literature on the topic and gather stories of experience from people who participate in online communities and/or manage them.

Here are a few papers that Jeana Frost, Meredith Gould and I found.

Of course, my go-to place to get practical information about building successful  online communities is Richard Millington‘s blog FeverBee. He states “... community managers … have a heavy influence over whether interactions between members turn into relationships.”  Here are a few of his key blog posts relevant to disclosure.

Prepping for MedX, I also wrote this post, I want my sex life back! TMI? Or gold for online communities and their managers?, which grew in richness through the comments people posted.

Do you have additional articles or stories to share about disclosure and 1) how it functions in online communities or 2) the effect of disclosure on the quality of conversation?