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Title:Micro-serendipity: Meaningful coincidences in everyday life shared on Twitter
Author(s):Bogers, Toine; Björneborn, Lennart
Information behavior
Everyday life
Information sharing
Social computing
Social and community informatics
Qualitative data analysis
Quantitative data analysis
Twitter--Social aspects
Online social networks
Abstract:In this paper we present work on micro-serendipity: investigating everyday contexts, conditions, and attributes of serendipity as shared on Twitter. In contrast to related work, we deliberately omit a preset definition of serendipity to allow for the inclusion of micro-occurrences of what people themselves consider as meaningful coincidences in everyday life. We find that different people have different thresholds for what they consider serendipitous, revealing a serendipity continuum. We propose a distinction between background serendipity (or ‘traditional’ serendipity) and foreground serendipity (or ‘synchronicity’, unexpectedly finding something meaningful related to foreground interests). Our study confirms the presence of three key serendipity elements of unexpectedness, insight and value (Makri & Blandford, 2012), and suggests a fourth element, preoccupation (foreground problem/interest), which covers synchronicity. Finally, we find that a combination of features based on word usage, POS categories, and hashtag usage show promise in automatically identifying tweets about serendipitous occurrences.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Bogers, T., & Björneborn, L. (2013). Micro-serendipity: Meaningful coincidences in everyday life shared on Twitter. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 196-208). doi:10.9776/13175
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors.Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-01-28

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