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  • Journal title : Fashion business
  • Volume 19, Issue 6,  2015, pp.112-126
  • Publisher : The Korean Society of Fashion Business
  • DOI : 10.12940/jfb.2015.19.6.112
 Title & Authors
Motivations and Characteristics of Hashtag Users
Kim, Gwon-Il; Jung, Ga Yeon; Song, Ye Ji; Park, Jee-Sun;
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 Abstract
In social environments, hashtags have been widely adopted and have become a new form of language for users. The current study attempts to enhance our understanding of users and their motivations to use hashtags when posting fashion-related information. Specifically, this study examines whether user characteristics (fashion leadership, conspicuousness) influence their motivations to use hashtags (curation, self-presentation, information diffusion), which then leads to behavioral intentions to continue to use hashtags and recommend the same to others. An online survey was administered to test our research questions. A total of 136 consumers in their 20s, 30s, and 40s living in Korea were used for data analysis. Structural equation modeling was conducted, which revealed that fashion leadership and conspicuousness had a positive impact on users' motivations of curation, self-presentation, and information diffusion. Motivations of self-presentation and information diffusions were found to affect users' behavioral intentions while curation had no significant impact. Practical implications are presented.
 Keywords
hashtags motivations;fashion leadership;conspicuousness;
 Language
English
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