The reader-to-leader framework: Motivating technology-mediated social participation

TitleThe reader-to-leader framework: Motivating technology-mediated social participation
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsPreece J, Shneiderman B
JournalAIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction
Pagination13 - 32
Date Published2009///

Billions of people participate in online social activities. Most users participate as readers of discussion boards, searchers of blogposts, or viewers of photos. A fraction of users become contributors of user-generated content by writing consumer product
reviews, uploading travel photos, or expressing political opinions. Some users move beyond such individual efforts to become
collaborators, forming tightly connected groups with lively discussions whose outcome might be a Wikipedia article or a carefully
edited YouTube video. A small fraction of users becomes leaders, who participate in governance by setting and upholding
policies, repairing vandalized materials, or mentoring novices. We analyze these activities and offer the Reader-to-Leader
Framework with the goal of helping researchers, designers, and managers understand what motivates technology-mediated
social participation. This will enable them to improve interface design and social support for their companies, government
agencies, and non-governmental organizations. These improvements could reduce the number of failed projects, while
accelerating the application of social media for national priorities such as healthcare, energy sustainability, emergency response,
economic development, education, and more.