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When politicians talk: assessing online conversational practices of political parties on Twitter

Konversationspraktiken politischer Parteien in Twitter
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Lietz, Haiko; Wagner, Claudia; Bleier, Arnim; Strohmaier, Markus

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Abstract "Assessing political conversations in social media requires a deeper understanding of the underlying practices and styles that drive these conversations. In this paper, we present a computational approach for assessing online conversational practices of political parties. Following a deductive approach, we devise a number of quantitative measures from a discussion of theoretical constructs in sociological theory. The resulting measures make different - mostly qualitative - aspects of online conversational practices amenable to computation. We evaluate our computational approach by applying it in a case study. In particular, we study online conversational practices of German politicians on Twitter during the German federal election 2013. We find that political parties share some interesting patterns of behavior, but also exhibit some unique and interesting idiosyncrasies. Our work sheds light on (i) how complex cultural phenomena such as online conversational practices are amenable to quantification and (ii) the way social media such as Twitter are utilized by political parties." (author's abstract)
Keywords twitter; social media; network; computer-mediated communication; communication behavior; political communication; politician; election to the Bundestag; party; media; utilization; Federal Republic of Germany
Classification Interactive, electronic Media; Sociology of Communication, Sociology of Language, Sociolinguistics; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords conversational practice; culture; homophily; reproduction; punctuation
Collection Title Proceedings of the Eighth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media
Conference 8. International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM-14). Ann Arbor, MI, 2014
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications