Online disclosure neither now nor never: When would a “later” button work?



The combination of personal demographic data, taste preferences, public disclosure of friend networks and now increasing usage of tools for instantly updating status (e.g., Twitter, Facebook) has fundamentally altered users' understanding of the temporality of information and its (semi-)permanence. A recent exploratory study found users were more willing to share items as time passed, and a major finding included a latent willingness (40% of sharing scenarios) to disclose information at a later date, neither “now” nor “never”. This study further explicates these findings by examining in greater detail the nature of the role of temporality in disclosure willingness.