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Locating Identities in Time: An Examination of the Formation and Impact of Temporality on Presentations of the Self Through Location-based Social Networks

Papangelis, Konstantinos; Lykourentzou, Ioanna; Khan, Vassilis-Javed; Chamberlain, Alan; Cao, Ting; Saker, Michael; Lalone, Nicolas

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Authors

Konstantinos Papangelis

Ioanna Lykourentzou

Vassilis-Javed Khan

Ting Cao

Michael Saker

Nicolas Lalone



Abstract

Studies of identity and location-based social networks (LBSN) have tended to focus on the performative aspects associated with marking one’s location. Yet, these studies often present this practice as being an a priori aspect of locative media. What is missing from this research is a more granular understanding of how this process develops over time. Accordingly, we focus on the first six weeks of 42 users beginning to use an LBSN we designed and named GeoMoments. Through our analysis of our users’ activities, we contribute to understanding identity and LBSN in two distinct ways. First, we show how LBSN users develop and perform self-identity over time. Second, we highlight the extent these temporal processes reshape the behaviors of users. Overall, our results illustrate that while a performative use of GeoMoments does evolve, this development does not occur in a vacuum. Rather, it occurs within the dynamic context of everyday life, which is prompted, conditioned, and mediated by the way the affordances of GeoMoments digitally organize and archive past locational traces.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 28, 2021
Online Publication Date Oct 8, 2021
Publication Date Sep 30, 2021
Deposit Date Jul 19, 2021
Publicly Available Date Sep 30, 2021
Journal ACM Transactions on Social Computing
Print ISSN 2469-7818
Electronic ISSN 2469-7826
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 3
Article Number 10
Pages 1-23
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3473043
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/5805670
Publisher URL https://dl.acm.org/doi/fullHtml/10.1145/3473043
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