Understanding How People Use Twitter During Election Debates

Katerina Gorkovenko, Nick Taylor

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During televised election debates, it is now common for citizens to take to social media to express their own opinions. Within this paper, we present a thematic analysis of the tweets generated during a debate from the 2015 UK General Election. The aim of this work is to explore the visible online behaviour seen on Twitter. We argue that by exploring what types of tweets emerge regardless of their political affiliation, we will gain a deeper understanding of citizen’s behaviours online during live debates. We observed that citizens use Twitter to commentate along by sharing their opinions, experiences, make provocative or humorous statements, and interact and inform others.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 31st International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2017)
EditorsLynne Hall, Tom Flint, Suzy O'Hara, Phil Turner
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherBCS Learning and Development Ltd
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventHCI 2017: Digital Make Believe - University of Sunderland, Sunderland, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Jul 20176 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameElectronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
ISSN (Print)1477-9358


ConferenceHCI 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • Twitter
  • Political discourse
  • Social media
  • Second screens
  • UK General Education
  • Thematic analysis

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