Understanding How People Use Twitter During Election Debates

Katerina Gorkovenko, Nick Taylor

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    Abstract

    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
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventHCI 2017: Digital Make Believe - University of Sunderland, Sunderland, United Kingdom
    Duration: 3 Jul 20176 Jul 2017
    http://hci2017.bcs.org/

    Publication series

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

    Conference

    ConferenceHCI 2017
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CitySunderland
    Period3/07/176/07/17
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    Keywords

    • Twitter
    • Political discourse
    • Social media
    • Second screens
    • UK General Education
    • Thematic analysis

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      Gorkovenko, K. & Taylor, N., 4 Jun 2019, TVX 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video: Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, p. 70-82 13 p. (TVX 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video).

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