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Title:"She said yes" -- Liminality and Engagement Announcements on Twitter
Author(s):De Choudhury, Munmun; Massimi, Michael
Subject(s):social media
quantitative analyses including statistics
social computing
Abstract:Social media sites enable people to share milestones in their lives, but relatively little is understood about how and why they are used in the context of major life changes. We utilize social media as a lens to explore the behavior of individuals undergoing a major life transition -- those who use Twitter to announce that they are engaged to be married. Inspired by the anthropological concept "liminality", we identify behavior manifested in Twitter that characterize this transitional phase. A large-scale quantitative study of Twitter postings of engaged individuals spanning two years shows that this phase marks notable changes in behavior that can be gleaned from social media. A follow-up survey provides qualitative explanations for the statistical analysis. Our findings reveal how individuals may be utilizing social media in the context of a major milestone in life, and bear implications for social media design and applications.
Issue Date:2015-03-15
Publisher:iSchools
Series/Report:iConference 2015 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper/Presentation
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/73658
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-03-24


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