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Completed Papers 3: Social Media 1
Monday, 26/Mar/2018:
11:00am - 12:30pm

Session Chair: Emilee Rader, Michigan State University
Location: Lecture Theatre 4 (Diamond)
The Diamond

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Dribbble: Exploring the Concept of Viral Events on an Art World Social Network Site

Jeff Hemsley, Sikana Tanupabrungsun

Syracuse University, United States of America

While virality is a much-studied topic on popular social media sites, it has been rarely explored on sites like Dribbble, a social networking site for artists and designers. Using a mixed-method approach, we explore virality from a user-centric perspective. Interviews with informants confirm that viral-like events do exist on Dribbble, though what spreads are stylistic choices. While what spreads is different than on other platforms, our work suggests that the mechanics that drive these events are similar, suggesting an underlying social phenomenon that is reflected in different ways on different platforms. Our results are supported by regression modeling using variables identified by our informants. Our work contributes to social media studies since smaller sites like Dribbble are rarely studied, particularly using mixed methods approaches, as well as to the body of research around information diffusion and viral events.

Analysing the Pattern of Twitter activities among Academics in a UK Higher Education Institution

Nordiana Ahmad Kharman Shah1, Andrew Martin Cox2

1University of Malaya, Malaysia; 2The University of Sheffield, UK

This study explores the temporal patterns of Twitter use in academia, through quantitative and qualitative methods, answering the following questions: 1) When do academics tweet? 2) Where do academics tweet? and 3) How often do academics receive feedback from their followers on Twitter? By analysing the patterns of daily usage, posting, and replying this research tells us more about exactly how Twitter is used in the academic context. UK academics who are active users of Twitter in a specific institution were re-cruited for the study. Both the temporal patterns (daily and weekly) in the use of Twitter and the uses themselves suggest that the practice is seen primarily as a professional mat-ter, and secondarily as personal. A significant pattern of ‘microbreaks’ is identified. The data indicates that where Twitter use becomes habitual, it is experienced as a positive ad-dition to available communication tools

#Depression: Findings from a Literature Review of 10 Years of Social Media and Depression Research

Julissa Murrieta1, Christopher C. Frye2, Linda Sun2, Linh G. Ly3, Courtney S. Cochancela4, Elizabeth V. Eikey5

1Prince George's Community College, United States of America; 2University of Pittsburgh, United States of America; 3University of Washington, United States of America; 4College of Westchester, United States of America; 5University of California, Irvine, United States of America

The purpose of our literature review was to understand the state of research related to social media and depression within the past 10 years. We were particularly interested in understanding what has been studied in relation to immigrant college students, as they are especially at risk for depression. Searching three databases, ACM Digital Library, PubMed, and IDEALS, we found 881 research articles. Based on our criteria, 78 research papers were included in our analysis. Although social media use is common among college students and depression is an issue for many immigrants and college students, we found few studies that focused specifically on college students, and we identified no studies on immigrant college students or college-aged immigrants. The research articles focused primarily on Twitter and general social media usage (rather than specific social media plat-forms) and commonly employed qualitative methods. We identify four gaps in the existing literature, why they matter, and how future research (our own included) can begin to address them.

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