University student use of twitter and facebook: A study of posting in three countries

James Melton, Robert Miller, Michelle Salmona

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Technical and professional communication instruction is well suited to helping students develop digital literacy but must be informed by research regarding how students are using specific social media platforms, particularly the propensity to post content that could damage their career capital. This study examined this question for students in Austria, Australia, and the United States. In Austria and Australia, this behavior was found to be no greater for Twitter than it was for Facebook. Conversely, for the United States, the behavior was found to be more pronounced. These and additional results regarding attitudes toward information privacy are reported.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages28
Specialist publicationJournal of Technical Writing and Communication
StatePublished - Jul 2018


  • Cybervetting
  • Posting paradox
  • Privacy
  • Social media
  • Twitter


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