“Nice Picture Comment!” Graphicons in Facebook Comment Threads

dc.contributor.author Herring, Susan
dc.contributor.author Dainas, Ashley
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-29T00:52:55Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-29T00:52:55Z
dc.date.issued 2017-01-04
dc.description.abstract Facebook has increasingly incorporated graphical means of communication such as emoticons, emoji, stickers, GIFs, images, and videos (‘graphicons’) into comment threads. Adapting methods of computer‐ mediated discourse analysis, we analyze the frequency and pragmatic functions of each graphicon type in threads sampled from public graphicon-focused Facebook groups. Six main functions emerged from the data: mention, reaction, tone modification, riffing, action, and narrative sequence. Reaction was most common, and emoji expressed the widest array of functions. We propose structural, social, and technical explanations for variation in graphicon use, and suggest improvements for the design of conversational graphical elements in social media systems.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2017.264
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-0-2
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/41419
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject conversation
dc.subject emoji
dc.subject emoticons
dc.subject GIFs
dc.subject images
dc.subject stickers
dc.subject video
dc.title “Nice Picture Comment!” Graphicons in Facebook Comment Threads
dc.type Conference Paper
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