AAAI Publications, Fifth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media

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Factors Affecting Response Quantity, Quality, and Speed for Questions Asked Via Social Network Status Messages
Jaime Teevan, Meredith Ringel Morris, Katrina Panovich

Last modified: 2011-07-05

Abstract


Social networking tools enable people to easily ask questions of large groups of personal acquaintances, but the effectiveness of doing so depends in part on how the question is phrased. In this paper we present a study in which 282 participants posted variants of the same question as their status message on Facebook. We analyze the quantity, quality, and speed of the responses each variant received. We find that by ending an information need with a question mark, explicitly scoping the audience, and being succinct, a person can increase the likelihood of quickly receiving many high-quality answers.

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