The role of website format, blog use, and information-gathering acquaintance in online message assessment

Jennifer Greer, Po Lin Pan

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Abstract

By manipulating branded editorial, branded blog, and non-branded blog in a between-subjects experiment, this study examined online message perceptions in terms of credibility, quality, preference, and persuasiveness. The study explored whether website format, blog use, and information-gathering acquaintance would come into play when media users evaluated news information of various websites. Results suggested that the participants who evaluated websites as more credible did not translate into higher credibility ratings of the messages on the websites, nor did it lead to greater ratings of quality, preference, and persuasiveness. Additionally, information-gathering acquaintance and blog use were two crucial factors to online message perceptions. Both information-gathering acquaintance and blog use yielded joint effects with website format on online message perceptions. Moreover, blog use was found as less relevant to online message assessment than information-gathering acquaintance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)594-602
Number of pages9
JournalTelematics and Informatics
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Blog use
  • Information-gathering acquaintance
  • Online message perceptions
  • Website format

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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