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Bigdeli Z, Afifian F. Accidental Discovery of Information in Using of Social Networks and Online Communication, A Case Study: Shiraz University Students. .... 2018; 33 (2) :687-706
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university of shiraz
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Purpose: This research aims to investigate accidental discovery of information in using of social networks and online communication in Shiraz University.

Methodology: This is an applied research that uses descriptive analytical techniques. In order to determine the validity of the questionnaire the comments  of a number of experts and professors were asked,  and by using Cronbach’s Alfa its reliability(./88) was determined. The research population consisted of 3434 students of the faculty of Humanities and Engineering.. A sample of  346  students were randomly selected for the research, based on the Krejcie-Morgan sampling table. The collected data were imported to SPSS version 21,  and analyzed based on descriptive statistics.

Findings: Results show that the respondents were using resources more than average. They also  know  Social Networks and Online Communication a useful tool for purposeful gathering and accidental exposure to information. The majority of respondents use information gathered accidentally in their various activities, and store or share it.

Conclusion: Social technologies and online communication are useful tools to achieve the targeted information and also to obtain untargeted information. Accidental discovery is an information gathering method equal to targeted information-seeking. Obtained information by accident  is useful in  the sharing of knowledge. It can also change the user path, guide him towards a new idea and assist in solving problems.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Information Technology
Received: 2016/09/14 | Accepted: 2016/12/11 | Published: 2016/12/26

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