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Tweeted thoughts and Twittered Relationships. Some Sociological Remarks on the promises and limits of molecular online communications


Geser, H (2010). Tweeted thoughts and Twittered Relationships. Some Sociological Remarks on the promises and limits of molecular online communications. Revista de Informatica Sociala, (13):5-18.

Abstract

Twitter (and other micro blogging services) combine the flexibility and immediacy of bilateral telephone SMS with the multilateral networking capacities of the Web 2.0. In contrast to Blogs, discussion fora and Social Network Sites, Twitter allows online communication characterized by asymmetric leadership-follower relationships, remoteness of sender identity, metacommunicative signaling functions and low threshold spontaneous RealTime responses compatible with most current social activities and roles. However, such short messages are only functional within highly specific frames of shared experiences and symbolic interpretations that are a prerequisite for communicating successfully by using a very restricted verbal code.

Abstract

Twitter (and other micro blogging services) combine the flexibility and immediacy of bilateral telephone SMS with the multilateral networking capacities of the Web 2.0. In contrast to Blogs, discussion fora and Social Network Sites, Twitter allows online communication characterized by asymmetric leadership-follower relationships, remoteness of sender identity, metacommunicative signaling functions and low threshold spontaneous RealTime responses compatible with most current social activities and roles. However, such short messages are only functional within highly specific frames of shared experiences and symbolic interpretations that are a prerequisite for communicating successfully by using a very restricted verbal code.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords:microblogging, Twitter, sociology, online communication
Language:English
Date:June 2010
Deposited On:19 Jan 2011 14:03
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:35
Publisher:University of the West Timisoara, Romania, Faculty of Sociology and Psychology
ISSN:1584-384X
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.ris.uvt.ro/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/hgeser_ris13.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.ris.uvt.ro/?p=496 (Publisher)

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