Twitter: Global Perspectives, Uses and Research Techniques

Innocent Chiluwa (Editor)
Department of Languages & General Studies, Covenant University, OTA, Nigeria

Gwen Bouvier (Editor)
Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Series: Media and Communications – Technologies, Policies and Challenges
BISAC: COM060140

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Social media have formed part and parcel of our everyday life. Defined by many as “a public sphere,” Twitter has indeed enabled social and political conversations, empowering diverse voices from networked societies that hold government accountable and encourage activities that promises several benefits in business, politics, education, health, and commerce among others.

This collection of essays takes a difference approach to describing the functions and roles of Twitter in almost all human affairs. In examining the various ideas and opinions about Twitter and its diverse and complex userbase, this volume not only describes the uses and perspectives but also introduces cutting-edge scientific research techniques for studying Twitter. The uses of Twitter in some professional and academic disciplines such as journalism, teaching and learning, creative writing, campaigning, sports, and business are carefully explained.

This volume’s international authorship includes experts, professionals, and emerging scholars from various disciplines, and they apply different methods and approaches to studying Twitter as a strong and vibrant platform of social media. This book will be very helpful as a handbook to students, scholars, and professionals in communication, journalism, education, politics, linguistics, and social media studies.
(Imprint: Nova)

Preface
Chapter 1. Introduction: Twitter – Global Perspectives, Civic Culture and Moral Affect
(Gwen Bouvier, and Innocent Chiluwa, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland and others)

Chapter 2. Twitter Applications and Types of Relevant Users
(Fabián Riquelme, Escuela de Ingeniería Civil Informática, Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile and Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo en Ingeniería en Salud, Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile)

Chapter 3. Identity-Based Emotional Expressions and Practices on Twitter: Triangulating Multiple Contexts of Breaking Events and Mundane Communication
(Xi Cui, Department of Communication, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, US)

Chapter 4. No Holding Back: Twitter, Trump, and a New Era of Journalism
(Chelsea Morgan Eddington, and Kris Kodrich, Charleston Southern University, Charleston, South Carolina, and Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, US)

Chapter 5. Systemic Racism, Twitter, and a Typology: A Content Analysis of #Flintwatercrisis Tweets
(Ashleigh M. Day, Department of Communication, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, US)

Chapter 6. The Brazilian Twittersphere: Uses and Behavioral Patterns on Sport, Politics and Entertainment Events
(Carlos Roberto G. Teixeira, Gabriela B. Kurtz, Isabel H. Manssour, Joana P. Scherer, Lorenzo P. Leuck, Milene S. Silveira, Pedro Henrique Sanvido, and Roberto Tietzmann, School of Communication, Arts and Design and School of Technology, PUCRS, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil)

Chapter 7. How CEOs from Europe and the US Communicate via Twitter
(David Hahn, Matthias Degen, and Ralf Spiller, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany, and others)

Chapter 8. The Use of Twitter as a Public Relations Tool for Finnish and Swedish Companies
(Darren P. Ingram, Martti Ahtisaari Institute, Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland)

Chapter 9. Twitter and Creative Writing: Generating an ‘Authentic’ Online Voice
(Josie Barnard, Media Department, Middlesex University, London, England)

Chapter 10. Empowered Learning through Twitter: Digital Citizenship in the Higher Education Classroom
(A. Nicole Pfannenstiel, English, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, US)

Chapter 11. Twitter and Language Globalization: The Case of Nigerian Pidgin
(Adesoji Babalola, Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)

Chapter 12. Using Twitter as a Research Tool: Opportunities and Limitations
(Zafer Kıyan, and Ergin Şafak Dikmen, Department of Journalism, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey, and others)

Chapter 13. What Are Millions of Hashtags ‘#’ and Tweets Saying? Extracting Themes from Twitter Communication Using Biterm Topic Model
(Muzafar Rasool Bhat, Department of Computer Sciences, Islamic University of Science and Technology J&K India; Monisa Qadri, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, Islamic University of Science and Technology J&K India; and Majid A Kundroo, Department of Computer Sciences, Islamic University of Science and Technology, J&K India, and others)

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"This edited collection is an excellent resource for scholars and students working on Twitter. It deals with a range of issues, methods, and challenges, opening up dialogue that is crucial for the development of research in what is an increasingly interdisciplinary area of study." - Michele Zappavigna, School of Arts & Media, UNSW, Sydney, Australia

Keywords: Social media, Internet, Twitter, discourse, digital citizenship, digitization

This book will be very helpful as a handbook to students, scholars and professionals in communication, journalism, education, politics, linguistics and social media studies.

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