Managing first impressions of new open source software projects

Namjoo Choi, Indushobha Chengalur-Smith, Andrew Whitmore

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Open source software literature has largely ignored how newly initiated OSS projects can attract developers in order to sustain their vitality. In light of the fact that most are eventually abandoned, more attention needs to be paid to how these projects can effectively and efficiently attract more developers. Drawing on impression-management literature, especially first-impression management, the authors explore the potential role that the initial presentation of new OSS projects plays in attracting developers. The article presents preliminary findings from a pilot study including interviews and an exploratory quantitative analysis for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5396320
Pages (from-to)73-77
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Software
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2010


  • computer-supported cooperative work
  • first impression management
  • information interfaces and representation
  • open source software
  • web search

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software


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