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Communities and Web 2.0 Social Networks

How Web 2.0 has altered the way sports fans can congregate online, allowing for the formation of communities

Abstract: This paper aims to demonstrate the engagement between users on the micro-blogging platform Twitter leads to the integration of online communities. It will be focusing primarily on the communities surrounding NBA (National Basketball Association) fans and how by facilitating conversation within online communities, it can also create a toxicity between fans, teams and athletes. Introduction: Web 2.0 has revolutionized the way users' access and utilize the internet, with advancements Read more [...]
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Communities and Web 2.0

Can Teenage Feminism on Twitter Change the World?

Can-Teenage-Feminism-on-Twitter-Change-the-WorldDownload Abstract The web 2.0 has radically changed online behavior and created new opportunities for online users to connect with each other and create online communities. This combined with the increasing popularity of social media such as Twitter, resulted in an increased in cyber activism. However, little importance is given to youth activism and feminist girls tend to be discredited as political agent. Therefore, this paper focuses on teenage Read more [...]
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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 [...]
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Communities and Web 2.0

Sense of Community in Today’s Twitter Fan Culture

ABSTRACT This paper will examine how pop music fan accounts on Twitter utilises its affordances – namely, the @ symbol for usernames, mentions and replies, hashtags, and retweets – to fulfill the four conditions of McMillan and Chavis’s notion of ‘sense of community’ within the platform. It will primarily examine the online behaviours of these types of fans do when using these affordances to retain the on-going interaction and connection between other fans and their favourite artists Read more [...]