Communities and Web 2.0

Toxic Behaviours and Interactions of Stan Twitter

ABSTRACT Twitter is a popular platform for celebrity-fan interaction as well as fan-fan interactions. Because there are lots of fandoms on Twitter, fans from different fandoms decided to make a community for themselves called Stan twitter. Twitter has given many Stan Twitter the place where they can interact with other fans and celebrities as well as a place to have a community. However, this facilitation has encouraged Stan Twitter to develop toxic behaviours and interactions. Fans might start Read more [...]
Identity in Communities and Networks

Online fandoms provide a space for young people to build an identity that they cannot express in real life

Abstract: Growing up and navigating teenage life can be hard for most young people. Trends and interests change each day and it can be difficult to find people and space in real life to discuss niche interests and feel accepted. This is where online fan communities can be helpful for teens to express their interests without shame and build an identity and form friendships. Keywords: Twitter fandom, online friendship, bedroom analogy Traditionally, communities exist in the physical world, be Read more [...]