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08:30-09:00Registration & Coffee

LOCATION: TRS 1-148 & 1-150 TRSM Commons - 7th Floor

09:00-10:30 Welcome & Keynote

NOTE: This session will be livestreamed on YouTube


10:30-10:50Coffee Break (20 min)

LOCATION: TRS 1-148 & 1-150 TRSM Commons - 7th Floor

10:50-12:20 Session 3A: Politics 1 [Full Papers]
Ericka Menchen-Trevino (American University, United States)
Michael A. Stefanone (University at Buffalo, United States)
Matthew Vollmer (University at Buffalo, United States)
Jessica Covert (University at Buffalo, United States)
In News We Trust? Examining Credibility and Sharing Behaviors of Fake News

ABSTRACT. New communication technologies afford individuals the ability to not only consume media, but also create and share content with others. The purpose of this study is to investigate the various factors that influence perceptions of credibility and sharing behaviors.

Juan Carlos Medina Serrano (TUM, Germany)
Morteza Shahrezaye (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
Orestis Papakyriakopoulos (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
Simon Hegelich (FoKoS - University of Siegen, Germany)
The Rise of Germany's AfD: A Social Media Analysis

ABSTRACT. This paper examines the AfD's social media strategy over the last years on different social media platforms to verify its online effectiveness. We propose a unified multi-platform analysis, and prove the AfD's superior online popularity in comparison to the rest of the German political parties.

Felipe Bonow Soares (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Raquel Recuero (Federal University of Pelotas and Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Gabriela Zago (Midiars, Brazil)
Asymmetric Polarization on Twitter and the 2018 Brazilian Presidential Elections

ABSTRACT. This study aims to understand the dynamics of polarization and how news outlets influenced political discussions on Twitter during the 2018 Brazilian presidential campaign. We analyze four datasets using social network analysis. Our main finding is the identification of an asymmetric polarization.

Morteza Shahrezaye (Bavarian School of Public Policy at Technical University of Munich, Germany)
Orestis Papakyriakopoulos (Bavarian School of Public Policy at Technical University of Munich, Germany)
Juan Carlos Medina Serrano (Bavarian School of Public Policy at Technical University of Munich, Germany)
Simon Hegelich (Bavarian School of Public Policy at Technical University of Munich, Germany)
Measuring Ease of Communication in Bipartite Social Endorsement Networks

ABSTRACT. We develop projection method applicable to complex weighted bipartite social networks and measure the overall ease of communication within these networks. Using simulations and real Facebook data, we show that the introduced measurement is correlated with the political polarization index.

10:50-12:20 Session 3B: Discourse [Full Papers]
John Wihbey (Northeastern University, United States)
Lourdes Martinez (San Diego State University, United States)
Ming-Hsiang Tsou (San Diego State University, United States)
Brian Spitzberg (San Diego State University, United States)
A Case Study in Belief Surveillance, Sentiment Analysis, and Identification of Informational Targets for E-Cigarettes Interventions

ABSTRACT. To illuminate understanding of how social media can be leveraged to glean insights into public health issues such as e-cigarette use, we use a SMART dashboard to observe Twitter messages and follow the content about e-cigarettes in different cities across the U.S.

Estella Xin (The University of Texas at Austin, United States)
Dhiraj Murthy (The University of Texas at Austin, United States)
Nandhini Lakuduva (The University of Texas at Austin, United States)
Keri Stephens (The University of Texas at Austin, United States)
Assessing the Stability of Tweet Corpora for Hurricane Events Over Time: A Mixed Methods Approach

ABSTRACT. Through a unique method of using Twitter data gathered from six different hurricanes alongside qualitative interviews conducted in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we find that there is some level of stability across hurricane-related tweet topics over time.

Lu Xiao (Syracuse University, United States)
Taraneh Khazaei (Microsoft, United States)
Change Others’ Beliefs Online: Online Comments’ Persuasiveness

ABSTRACT. Aiming to understand what influences the success of online persuasion, we explored different dimensions of the language use in an online comment, the order of the comments in an online communication context, and the attributes of the participating users and their relations to the persuasion process.

John Paolillo (Indiana University Bloomington, United States)
Against "Sentiment"

ABSTRACT. Sentiment analysis lacks construct validity: examination the existing ap­proach indicates hy­pothesized sentiment is confounded with other factors. An alternative statistical approach for analysis of sentiment in text is pro­posed, along with discussion of how it would need to be developed.

10:50-12:20 Session 3C: Privacy & Trust [WIP]
Ann Pegoraro (Laurentian University, Canada)
Jeeyun Baik (University of Southern California, United States)
Data Privacy and Public (Dis)trust of Institutions: Early Discourse of the US Consumer Privacy Regulations on Twitter

ABSTRACT. This study explores how ‘privacy’ is negotiated in the US around the rule-makings of the California Consumer Privacy Act and the federal-level regulation. In Twitter data, it discovered three themes: distrust of corporations, the capitalist US government, and the continuing onus on individuals.

Sina Ostendorf (General Psychology: Cognition and Center for Behavioral Addiction Research (CeBAR), University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Lena Kölmel (General Psychology: Cognition and Center for Behavioral Addiction Research (CeBAR), University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Matthias Brand (General Psychology: Cognition and Center for Behavioral Addiction Research (CeBAR), University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Disclosing personal information on social media – The interacting role of trust in service providers and online-specific fear of missing out

ABSTRACT. This study examines the interaction between factors increasing and decreasing the tendency to self-disclose online. Results emphasize: People that fear to miss out are at risk of privacy intrusions as their level of self-disclosure was increased even if having lower levels of trust in the provider.

Jessica Vitak (University of Maryland, United States)
Katie Shilton (University of Maryland, United States)
Sarah Gilbert (University of Maryland, United States)
Trends in Trust: Measuring Americans’ Expectations for Trustworthy Research Use of Social Media Data

ABSTRACT. Social media platforms are ubiquitous in North Americans’ everyday lives. As social media enables personal disclosures and interactions, users generate large data trails that can include text, photos, videos, and reactions to posted content (e.g., upvotes, likes, retweets). Because erosion of trust can reduce participation and thus social and emotional benefits obtained through social media use, this project will characterize trustworthy reuses of these data trails for research. We will identify factors that influence Americans’ perceptions of trustworthy (and untrustworthy) uses of their social media data. To do this, we will employ factorial vignettes, a methodological approach especially useful for unpacking how contextual factors influence human attitudes and behaviors. Using separate surveys, each tailored to users of a specific platform, we will present respondents with 30-40 scenarios, with factors (e.g., content, purpose of data use, research tools) varied through random assignment. Respondents will assess how acceptable and ethical they find specific uses of their data. This method will allow us to conduct both within-subject and between-subjects analyses. Findings will give researchers and companies a better understanding of users’ perceptions of proper use and misuse of their data and will provide clear guidance to platforms on building trust with users and enabling ethical research.

Kelly Quinn (University of Illinois at Chicago, United States)
Dmitry Epstein (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Age-appropriate privacy? Social media privacy literacy and behavior across the life course
10:50-12:20 Session 3D: Marketing & Outreach [WIP]
Alex Fenton (University of Salford, UK)
Louise Ryan (University of Limerick, Ireland)
Off the grid: exploring Instagram marketing practices across space and place

ABSTRACT. This study of influencers’ communicative practices within the ephemeral and static architecture of Instagram. Using ethnographic methods this examines Instagram content from influencers assessing the marketisation of authenticity and trustworthiness across Instagram's communication channels. These techniques and communication frames aligning with a neoliberal concept of self-optimising aesthetic entrepreneurship. 

Donna Smith (Ryerson University, Canada)
Jenna Jacobson (Ryerson University, Canada)
Janice Rudkowski (Ryerson University, Canada)
An Exploration of Employee Brand Equity on Instagram

ABSTRACT. We explore employee brand equity (EBE) on Instagram and seek to operationalize the construct using social media data. Using a qualitative case study of Soulcycle (the indoor cycling and fitness boutique), we examine Instagram posts from influential employees to assess brand alignment.

Alice Audrezet (Institut Supérieur de Gestion, Paris: France, France)
Hicham Sebti (Euromed Business School, Fès: Morocco, Morocco)
Struggling for recognition: lifestyle influencers work to shape their professional activity
Joel Johnson (Royal Roads University, Canada)
Robert Mittelman (Royal Roads University, Canada)
Insta-Humanitarianism: An Ethnographic Content Analysis of Instagram Posts from a Humanitarian Aid Organization.
10:50-12:20 Session 3E: Education [WIP]
Caroline Haythornthwaite (Syracuse University, United States)
Lei Vincent Huang (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong)
Learning to Use Social Media as A Professional: An Analysis of Online Content Regarding Professional Use of Social Media for Newcomers

ABSTRACT. In this project, we focus on online content provided by online resources regarding the professional use of social media in China. It seeks to uncover topics as well as meanings assigned to social media from the online content for organizational newcomers.

Yimei Zhu (University of Leicester, UK)
British universities’ brand communication on Chinese social media
Irameet Kaur (Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto- Scarborough, Canada)
Social Media in Education – A Structured Review and SAP-LAP Model

ABSTRACT. The paper presents a holistic framework in the form of SAP-LAP (Situation Actor Process – Learning Action Performance) Model. The paper contributes to the existing literature in the field of digital use in education thereby offering a deep review of how social media in teaching is perceived among the “actors” involved, and how the learning can lead to enhanced performance.

Vanessa Dennen (Florida State University, United States)
Stacey Rutledge (Florida State University, United States)
Lauren Bagdy (Florida State University, United States)
Mobile Phones + Social Media = Classroom Tools? Learning through two distractive technologies in the high school setting
12:20-13:30Lunch Break (Self-Organized: 1h 10min)

Restaurants Nearby

Note: As this lunch break is only 1 hour and 10 minutes, please plan it in advance to be back in time for the afternoon sessions. 

13:30-15:00 Session 4A: Networked Publics [WIP]
Rachel Loney-Howes (University of Wollongong, Australia)
Damien Renard (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
Boundaries between playing and working on social media
Pablo Porten-Cheé (Freie Universität Berlin / Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, Berlin, Germany)
Louise Jørring (Freie Universität Berlin / Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, Berlin, Germany)
António Valentim (Freie Universität Berlin / Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, Berlin, Germany)
Laura Leißner (Freie Universität Berlin / Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, Berlin, Germany)
Martin Emmer (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
Emilija Gagrčin (Freie Universität Berlin / Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, Berlin, Germany)
Social media shaping good citizens: Citizenship norms and their consequences on political participation among heavy social media users
Molly-Gloria Harper (Western University, Canada)
Barry Wellman (NetLab Network, Canada)
Anabel Quan-Haase (Western University, Canada)
How Social Media Interplays with Personal Network Structure and Boundaries
13:30-15:00 Session 4B: Self Expression [WIP]
Juana Du (Royal Roads University, Canada)
Olivier Turbide (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
Maria Cherba (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
Vincent Denault (University of Montreal, Canada)
Responding to self-disclosure in an online discussion forum for people living with cancer: a discursive approach
Michelle Gorea (Queen's University, Canada)
The Times of Thier Lives: How Youth Manage and Negotiate Their Visual Selves in and Through Time

ABSTRACT. Youth must develop strategies of visual management as their everyday practices are often conducted through visual media. Findings indicate that youth employ strategies that involve past, present and future oriented temporal practices to manage their visual self-representations in and through time.

Zena Toh Toh (University at Buffalo, United States)
Jessica Covert (University at Buffalo, United States)
[CANCELLED] A Mediation Model Linking Social Media Use, Self-Objectification, and Self-Esteem

ABSTRACT. [NOTE: This talk is cancelled as the speakers are not able to attend the conference. ​​​​​​]

Although there is research on how social media affects self-esteem, many questions remain about the relationships between new media use, using social media for relationship maintenance and self-esteem. In this study, we outline links between new media use and self-esteem, and explicate specific purposes of social media use that affects wellbeing. Individual differences -including contingencies of self-worth and self-objectification- were used to explain self-esteem levels. Interestingly, results show that using social media to maintain existing relationships lowered self-esteem, particularly for individuals that peg their self-esteem to their looks. Results are discussed in terms of social comparison and establishing belongingness. Suggestions for future research are offered. 

Omolara Odulaja (University of Northern British Columbia, Canada)
Indigenous Avatars: Implications For Online and Offline Cultural Engagement and Cultural Participation

ABSTRACT. An avatar is a three-dimensional digital version of an individual. This literature review explores Indigenous cultural identities (referred to as Indigenous avatars) on Social Media; as well as, benefits, challenges and implications of Indigenous cultural identity representation on Social Media.

13:30-15:00 Session 4C: Privacy & Ethics [WIP]
Karen Louise Smith (Brock University, Canada)
Jacquelyn Burkell (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
Priscilla Regan (George Mason University, United States)
Examining Expression in the Virtual Public: The Ethics of Harvesting Online Discussions for Research Purposes
Christoph Lutz (BI Norwegian Business School, Norway)
Christian Pieter Hoffmann (University of Leipzig, Germany)
Giulia Ranzini (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Explaining the Privacy Paradox with Privacy Cynicism: Scale Development and Structural Equation Model
Renate Schubert (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Ioana Marinica (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Facebook data: how much do people share, how much do they care, and for how much do they sell

ABSTRACT. We analyzed the privacy paradox, the effectiveness of privacy education and people's willingness to sell private information in a lab experiment with 300 participants. The privacy paradox received empirical support, privacy education was found to influence people's attitudes and knowledge levels, but not their behavior, and people sold private information for small rewards (66% of the participants sold us their entire Facebook data package for USD 10).

Paul J. Reilly (The University of Sheffield, UK)
Suay Melisa Ozkula (The University of Sheffield, UK)
Whose data is it anyway? Doing ethical social media research in the age of datafication
13:30-15:00 Session 4D: Bots [Full & WIP papers]
Jennifer Pybus (King's College London, UK)
Victoria O'Meara (Western University, Canada)
Bot politics on Instagram: Rethinking ‘fake’ engagement in the attention economy
Kurt Wirth (American University, United States)
Ericka Menchen-Trevino (American University, United States)
Ryan Moore (American University, United States)
Bots By Topic: Exploring Differences in Bot Activity by Conversation Topic

ABSTRACT. This study introduces a new method of bot detection called botscan, analyzing topic-level data. We show efforts to influence deliberative discourse, particularly in conservative conversations, and proposes a novel method for bot analysis in hopes to advance study in this fast-changing field.

Laurenz Aldu Cornelissen (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
Petrus Schoonwinkel (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
Richard Barnett (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
A Socio-Informatic Approach to Automated Account Classification on Social Media

ABSTRACT. Automated accounts on social media have become increasingly problematic. We propose a key feature in combination with existing methods to improve machine learning algorithms for bot detection. We successfully improve classification performance through including the proposed feature.

Ann Pegoraro (Laurentian University, Canada)
Grace Yan (University of South Carolina, United States)
Nicholas Watanabe (University of South Carolina, United States)
Examining IRA Bots in the NFL Anthem Protest: Political Agendas and Practices of Digital Gatekeeping
13:30-15:00 Session 4E: Use & Users [Full Papers]
Sarah Gilbert (University of Maryland, United States)
Zinaida Adelhardt (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
Stefan Markus (University of Wuppertal, Germany)
Thomas Eberle (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
Concepts Clarification and Differentiation between Smartphone Addiction and Compulsive Internet Use based on diagnostic investigation on two scales

ABSTRACT. Our aim is to check whether two widely used instruments – the Smartphone Addiction Scale for adolescents and the Compulsive Internet Use Scale - measure different concepts. Two scales are highly correlated (r=.98, p≤.001). The proposed alternative -the Compulsory Mobile Internet Usage Scale.

Zhiying Yue (University at Buffalo, SUNY, United States)
Michael Stefanone (University at Buffalo, SUNY, United States)
Applying an Integrative Model of Behavioral Prediction to Sharing Sexual Images of Oneself Online

ABSTRACT. We employed an integrative model to examine the importance of changing beliefs (i.e., expected outcomes, normative beliefs, and self-efficacy) on individuals’ sexual image sharing frequency, image-editing behavior and their strategic preference for social media platforms.

Beata Jungselius (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Alexandra Weilenmann (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Same Same But Different: Changes in Social Media Practices Over Time

ABSTRACT. In this paper, we examine how social media users reflect upon their own developments as users over time. We draw upon two interview studies with the same informants, conducted in 2012 and 2017 and outline the most prominent influencing factors that have had an impact on social media use over time.

Kenneth Joseph (University at Buffalo, United States)
John Wihbey (Northeastern University, United States)
Breaking News and Younger Twitter Users: Comparing Self-Reported Motivations to Online Behavior

ABSTRACT. We study factors associated with the sharing of breaking news by young, college-aged students. Using a unique combination of survey and behavioral data, we identify traits of individuals extracted from responses to surveys that are associated with a propensity to share breaking news on Twitter.

15:00-15:20Coffee Break (20 min)

LOCATION: TRS 1-148 & 1-150 TRSM Commons - 7th Floor

15:20-16:50 Session 5A: Online & Offline Communities [Full Papers]
Bree Mcewan (DePaul University, United States)
Jinman Zhang (Western University, Canada)
Nadia Caidi (University of Toronto, Canada)
The Sensitive Period, Big Vs, and the Diaspora: A Brief Account of “#MeToo” in China

ABSTRACT. We examine the context surrounding the #MeToo movement in China, how hashtags were used to circumvent censorship, and the role that Chinese diasporic communities played in the process. The results demonstrate the practices of the various actors, and their choices to circumvent censorship.

Margaret Pulver (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, United States)
Dan Suthers (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, United States)
Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage: An Enduring Event Facilitating Momentary Connectedness via Transnational Publics

ABSTRACT. This study examines the level of user engagement and the formation of smaller communities in the online network that formed during the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. The initial findings of this research support PVS’s use of a “virtual canoe” to engage individuals and communities on a global level.

Lei Vincent Huang (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong)
“Like” My Coworkers: Organizational Socialization and Workplace Relationship Development Using Social Media

ABSTRACT. Extending the line of research on social media use and organizational socialization, this paper investigates how organizational newcomers use social media to initiate, develop, and maintain workplace relationships.

Humphrey Mensah (Syracuse University, United States)
Lu Xiao (Syracuse University, United States)
Sucheta Soundarajan (Syracuse University, United States)
Characterizing Susceptible Users on Reddit’s ChangeMyView

ABSTRACT. In this work, we examine features that are indicative of an individual’s susceptibility on Reddit’s changemyview. Experiments showed that an individual’s language style can be indicative of one’s susceptibility to change to change the opinion.

15:20-16:50 Session 5B: Public Opinion [WIP]
Hanako Smith (Ryerson University, Canada)
Bridget Haina (SUNY Plattsburgh, United States)
Shakuntala Rao (SUNY Plattsburgh, United States)
The Language of Outrage: Defining and communicating outrage and incivility via social media during the Charlottesville Protests
Ana Ndumu (University of Maryland College Park College of Information, United States)
Adam Worrall (University of Alberta, Canada)
Lynette Hammond Gerido (Florida State University, United States)
Sentiment and network analysis of Twitter reactions to the U.S. birthright citizenship ban controversy: A preliminary examination
Chad Van De Wiele (University of Illinois at Chicago, United States)
Backs Against the Wall: Networked and Hybrid Framing of the Executive Order Protests, Immigration Reform, and #NoBanNoWall on Twitter
Tumukunde Ibrahim (Miyagi University, Japan)
Rwanda’s loans Agreements for development : A double-edged sword
15:20-16:50 Session 5C: Privacy & Trust 2 [Full Papers]
Lisa Sugiura (University of Portsmouth, UK)
Tom De Leyn (Ghent University (imec-mict-ugent), Belgium)
Ralf De Wolf (Ghent University (imec-mict-ugent), Belgium)
Mariek Vanden Abeele (Tilburg University, Belgium)
Lieven De Marez (Ghent University (imec-mict-ugent), Belgium)
Reframing Current Debates on Young People’s Online Privacy by Taking into Account the Cultural Construction of Youth

ABSTRACT. This paper argues that some underlying assumptions of privacy studies hinder our understanding of youths’ engagements with social media and privacy: It portrays young people as ‘unfinished’, fails to account for youth's exposure to technopanic narratives, and is grounded in a liberal idealization.

Yuting Liao (University of Maryland, United States)
Sharing Personal Health Information On Social Media: Balancing Self-presentation and Privacy

ABSTRACT. Sharing personal health information on social media can be rewarding yet risky. Through a survey study (N=553), we find disclosure of health data is related to experiential and contextual factors, such as self-stigma, negative online experiences, privacy attitude and self-protection practices.

Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch (University of Connecticut, United States)
Jonathan Obar (York University, Canada)
Overwhelming, Important, Irrelevant: Terms of Service and Privacy Policy Reading among Older Adults

ABSTRACT. Social media users ignore terms of service and privacy policies, but limited empirical evidence explains why, especially for older adults. This survey study reveals that privacy literacy and three specific attitudes about policies differentially predict how long these users spend reading them.

Xinru Page (Bentley University, United States)
Reza Ghaiumy (Clemson University, United States)
Bart Knijnenburg (Clemson University, United States)
How Communication Style Shapes Relationship Boundary Regulation and Social Media Adoption

ABSTRACT. We develop and validate a multi-item measure for perceived relationship boundary regulation and show how it significantly drives adoption and use of four social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We further show how this perception is tied to one’s communication style.

15:20-16:50 Session 5D: Digital Methods [WIP]
Irameet Kaur (Rukmini Devi Institute of Advanced Studies, India)
Suay Melisa Ozkula (The University of Sheffield, UK)
Paul J. Reilly (The University of Sheffield, UK)
Strategic techniques for qualitative sampling online – a review of social media monitoring tools towards new approaches for qualitative sampling online
Dmitry Epstein (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Kelly Quinn (University of Illinois at Chicago, United States)
Brenda Moon (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
The Cambridge Analytica effect: Shifting privacy frames among social media users
James Cook (University of Maine at Augusta, United States)
Nonmonogamy Online: Comparing Content and Structure of Polyamory and Swinging Communication over Social Media

ABSTRACT. Do the different approaches to sexual and romantic connection claimed by the polyamory and swinging communities show themselves in differences of content and structure by these groups communicating over social media?  To find out, I empirically explore the social media communities formed on Twitter and Reddit for the discussion of these two forms of ethical non-monogamy.  While members of these two communities are distinguished by markedly different membership and by clear differences in the content of discussion, the social network structures of the two communities are more alike than different.  Implications for the domain consistency school of social psychology and for the platform-affordance school of social media studies are considered.

Fanny Ramirez (Rutgers University, United States)
Vincent Denault (University of Montreal, Canada)
Facebook, female victims, and social media evidence in sexual assault trials
17:00-18:30 Session 6: Poster Session
Jaigris Hodson (Roya Roads University, Canada)
Christina Kößmeier (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Oliver B. Büttner (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
The Effects of Chronic and Situational Desire to Engage in Social Media on the Ability to Block Out Distractions
ABSTRACT. Being able to ignore social media distractions is crucial in today’s distracting world. We examine desire to engage in social media and its effects on distractibility. Experiment 1 showed distractibility relates to craving. Experiment 2 showed socially excluded participants are more distracted.
Lyndsay Foisey (Western University, Canada)
Lorie Donelle (Western University, Canada)
Anita Kothari (, Canada)
Richard Booth (Western University, Canada)
Anabel Quan-Haase (Western University, Canada)
Molly Harper (Western University, Canada)
The use of social media in health care: A review of reviews
Yimin Chen (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
Emailpocalypse: Trolling in academia
John D'Ignazio (School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina, United States)
Looking at a Social Media Platform through an Informatics Lens: A Trial and Error Approach
Amir Karami (University of South Carolina, United States)
Alicia A. Dahl (UNC Charlotte, United States)
George Shaw Jr. (UNC Charlotte, United States)
Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy (University of South Carolina, United States)
Hadi Kharrazi (Johns Hopkins University, United States)
Does Diet-Related Tweets Disclose Political Preferences?

ABSTRACT. Diet is not only a part of our healthy life but also an essential social activity representing our opinions and beliefs. To develop effective dietary intervention programs, it is necessary to have insights on geopolitical information. Traditional survey methods are expensive and fail to sample the populations without landline telephones. The growth of social media has provided a great opportunity to explore public opinions about common health issues. While the current studies have provided valuable insights, the geopolitical factor of diet has not been investigated on social media. To address this gap, this study utilizes a computational approach to characterize health opinions regarding diet based on the political orientation of the US states. We detected and analyzed topics of more than 850,000 diet-related tweets posted in 2016 and 2017. We found a significant difference among diet-related topics discussed in tweets originating from Democratic, Republican, and Swing states. 

Christopher Stevens (York University - beginning PhD studies fall 2019, Canada)
China in Africa: the outsized influence of Western media on public sentiment in development debates
Lauren Bagdy (Florida State University, United States)
Stacey Rutledge (Florida State University, United States)
Vanessa Dennen (Florida State University, United States)
Anthony Boucher (Florida State University, United States)
Catherine Cosgrove (Florida State University, United States)
Tristan Cravello (Florida State University, United States)
Kristian Diaz (Florida State University, United States)
Emma Jo McAuliffe (Florida State University, United States)
Shannon McWaters (Florida State University, United States)
Caitlin Violette (Florida State University, United States)
Instagram Spam: Teens, Finsta, and the Portrayal of One’s True Self
Vanessa Dennen (Florida State University, United States)
Stacey Rutledge (Florida State University, United States)
Lauren Bagdy (Florida State University, United States)
Vanessa Oduro (Florida State University, United States)
Sophie Rhoads (Florida State University, United States)
Brandell Theard (Florida State University, United States)
Teens, social media, and belonging at school: Group memberships and intersections

ABSTRACT. This poster shares how high school students visually depict both their membership in different social and school-based groups and their social media networks.

Jack Jamieson (University of Toronto, Canada)
Bridging the Open Web and APIs: Alternative Social Media Alongside the Corporate Web

ABSTRACT. What compromises and challenges occur when alternative social media rely on corporate platforms with which they have philosophical and material differences? Using GitHub data, I study the development of a tool that bridges alternative social media with Facebook. Recurring challenges and developer responses illuminate power relationships between platforms and third-party developers. This has implications for builders of alternative social media tools and researchers who rely on platform APIs.

Katie Mackinnon (University of Toronto, Canada)
Dillon Black (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Early Internet Memories
Wade Keye (University of Rochester, United States)
#RIP: Death, data-capture, and the afterlife of Facebook
Curtis Martin (Dalhousie University, Canada)
Bertrum MacDonald (Dalhousie University, School of Information Management, Canada)
Using Interpersonal Communication Strategies to Engage Lay Audiences in Science Conversations on Social Media
Muhammad Abubakar Alhassan (University of Strathclyde, UK)
Diane Pennington (University of Strathclyde, UK)
Ian Ruthven (University of Strathclyde, UK)
Self-harm and Social Media: A case of YouTube Comments on Deliberate Self-harm Videos
Jennifer Hamilton (University of Strathclyde, UK)
Diane Rasmussen Pennington (University of Strathclyde, UK)
Developing a mixed methods approach for analysing interactions on Facebook
Weiying Shi (Beijing Normal University, China)
Hongzhong Zhang (Beijing Normal University, China)
Is social media use the factor causing decline of traditional media credibility?
Anran Hao (Nanyang Technological University, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Singapore)
Chee Wah Wesley Tan (Nanyang Technological University, Center for Professional and Continuing Education, Singapore)
Chei Sian Lee (Nanyang Technological University, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Singapore)
Having fun finding AEDs: Gamifying the crowdsourcing of AEDs on a mobile application
ABSTRACT. Crowdsourcing can be valuable for innovating public service, but often requires an effective incentive mechanism. Drawing from Self-Determination Theory, we applied gamification, a popular, non-monetary incentive strategy stemming from game design, in designing a mobile crowdsourcing application which enables public to access and contribute to a national Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) database. A comparative user survey of 160 participants was conducted to examine the effects of gamification on users' attitudes and perception.
Chei Sian Lee (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Dion Goh (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Hang Guo (, Singapore)
Quan Zhou (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Understanding Users’ Perceptions of the Design of a Mobile Crowdsourcing Platform for Finding Trafficked Children
Sarah Louise Pratt (Ryerson University, Canada)
Sharing Non-fiction Narrative Podcasts: How Podcast Users Engage in Network-Produced vs. Independently-Produced Content on Twitter
Angela Borchert (University Duisburg Essen, Germany)
Nicolás Díaz Ferreyra (University Duisburg Essen, Germany)
Maritta Heisel (University Duisburg Essen, Germany)
Shall We Meet? Towards Computer-Mediated Trustworthiness in its Different Phases

ABSTRACT. Computer-mediated introduction (CMI) can be seen as the process in which users with compatible purposes interact with each other through an Internet platform to meet afterwards in the physical world. In this context, trust plays a critical role since CMI may involve risks like data misuse, self-esteem damage, fraud or violence. By evaluating the trustworthiness of the information system, its service provider and the end-user of interest, users decide whether to start or to continue an interaction. Therefore, we aim to support end-users in their trustworthiness assessment by developing software functionalities that address facets of trustworthiness. Since trust concerns differ in the phases "before", "during" and "after" an offline encouter, such software  functionalities need to be designed accordingly. 

Sunday Agholor (Department of Computer Science, Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Nigeria, Nigeria)
O. A. Agholor (Registry Department, Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Nigeria, Nigeria)
D. O. Aborisade (Department of Computer Science, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, Nigeria)
Determining the level of Influence of Social Media on the Academic Performance of Students
Tsz Hang Chu (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong)
Tien Ee Dominic Yeo (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong)
#WhyIDidntReport: Characterizing Twitter Disclosures of Sexual Assault and Justifications for Not Reporting
Tsz Hang Chu (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong)
Youzhen Su (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong)
Fei Fan (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong)
Sai Wang (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Tien Ee Dominic Yeo (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong)
Give Boys a Shot: Examining Reddit Discussions on Male HPV Vaccination Using Machine Learning
Bree McEwan (DePaul University, United States)
Selena Cotte (DePaul University, United States)
Who is Anonymous? A sample of 4chan users
Kaitlin Flannery (SUNY Cortland, United States)
Anna Vannucci (Connecticut Children's Medical Center, United States)
Christine Ohannessian (Connecticut Children's Medical Center, United States)
Examining the Moderating role of Social Media Use on the Associations Between Popularity and Psychological Adjustment in Adolescence
Karen Louise Smith (Brock University, Canada)
Meara Hurtig (Brock University, Canada)
Remixing the Right to Be Forgotten with Canadian Youth
Fallon Mitchell (University of Windsor, Canada)
Sara Santarossa (University of Windsor, Canada)
Paula van Wyk (University of Windsor, Canada)
More than what meets the eye: An evaluation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes' Instagram posts.

ABSTRACT. The purpose of this study was to examine if Olympians’ and Paralympians’ Instagram posts reflected the values and goals of their respective Games (e.g., inspiration, development, awareness, sponsorship, etc.), using a coding scheme that was developed based on the mission statements and values outlined in the Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The Paralympians demonstrated increased representation of the Movements suggesting that they had a stronger sense of advocacy, which may have developed as a result of their experiences as individuals with a disability. 

Wu He (Old Dominion University, United States)
Yang Yu (Rochester Institute of Technology, United States)
Xin Tian (Kennesaw State University, United States)
Wenzhuo Li (Old Dominion University, United States)
Bilingual Analysis of Online Hotel Reviews: A Case Study
Subhasree Sengupta (Syracuse University, United States)
Caroline Haythornthwaite (Syracuse University, United States)
Enhancing quality of content on Stack Overflow - a preliminary analysis of SO comments
Enilda Romero-Hall (University of Tampa, United States)
Renata Sindicic (University of Tampa, United States)
Erika Petersen (University of Tampa, United States)
Linlin Li (University of Tampa, United States)
Keeping Streaks and Doing It for the Gram: Undergraduate Students Participation in their Most versus Least Used Social Media

ABSTRACT. According to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center, 18 to 29 year old adults are the most active social media users (Social Media Fact Sheet, 2016). If we look at this information within the context of higher education, it is obvious that this age category represents the primary age group for most undergraduate students in institutions within the United States. Yet, we know very little about the social media use and participation by undergraduate students. It is possible that by understanding how undergraduate students use and participate in social media, we can gain insights into ways in which to facilitate formal, informal, and collaborative learning opportunities. The aim of this investigation was to survey undergraduate students on their social media use and participation. This investigation focused on participation patterns and outcomes between the students’ most and least used social media. For the remainder of this paper, the most and least used social media are referred to with the following acronyms: MUSM (Most Used Social Media) and LUSM (Least Used Social Media).

Maude Gauthier (Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, Canada)
Getting around Social Media Algorithms: A Study of Social Media Professionals
ABSTRACT. My research examines online collaboration and communication in a Facebook group for social media and web professionals. I will present the basis for my thematic analysis of their interactions surrounding SEO, social media algorithms and best practices.
Melanie Wilde (Paderborn, University, Institute for Internet and Media Technologies, Germany)
How to change a running system?! A sociological view of challenges and actor constellations in IPv6 Deployment.
Stephanie Sabala (Rochester Institute of Technology, United States)
The perception of LGBTQ influencers on Social Media: YouTube Analysis
Lili Fejes-Vékássy (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)
Márton Engyel (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)
Adrienn Ujhelyi (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)
Self-esteem, Narcissism and Social Media Activity: How do they affect each other?
Lisa Lundgren (North Carolina State University, United States)
Richard T. Bex Ii (University of Florida, United States)
Jennifer E. Bauer (Florida Museum of Natural History, United States)
Kent J. Crippen (University of Florida, United States)
Social paleontology on Twitter: A longitudinal case study of network composition and attributes
ABSTRACT. Twitter provides space for diverse individuals to engage with science-specific topics, such as paleontology. Researchers have described real-world paleontological engagement, however, research concernign paleontology within online spaces is underdeveloped and emerging. Given appropriate tools, including theory-based analytical frameworks and social network analysis in which data areaggregated longitudinally, engagement with paleontology can be studied to determine the structure of the online network, the demographics of participants, and links between the two. This longitundal study (July 2017-2018) sought to expand our understanding of educative, online environments via characterizing network members’ attributes as well as the network structures that resulted from members’ interactions. Data included Twitter biographies of individuals who sent tweets, retweets, and mentions as part of anegocentric network (i.e. @projectFOSSIL) and were collected using Netlytic for the duration of the study period. Then, data were imported into NodeXL for analysis via application of centrality measures, network structure, and density. Members’ Twitter biographies were coded using the PaleontologicalIdentity Taxonomy (PIT), a three-tiered hierarchy for classifying people within a social network (i.e. structure, category, type) (Lundgren et al., 2018). This network’s structure and composition has implications for science-specific communities that seekto recognize diverse members and support collaborative science communication and education. Future work entails typifying members’ conversations within the network, especially determining if these conversations are typical across network structures or specific to certain structures.
Zhuozhi Shao (SUNY - Albany, United States)
William May (SUNY Albany, United States)
Teresa Harrison (SUNY Albany, United States)
Signature Feature Analysis of E-petitions that Successfully Promoted Voices for Minorities and Women
Catherine Dumas (Simmons University, United States)
Exploring E-petitioning and Twitter Behavior in We the People
ABSTRACT. I discuss We the People (WtP), a US national experiment in using social media to enable users to propose and solicit support for policy suggestions. Using WtP, users generate petitions for actions of the petitioner’s choosing and employ other social media to solicit signatures for their proposals; with sufficient signatures, petitioners may obtain a response from the Administration (see ).  I apply Baumgartner and Jones's (1993; True, Jones & Baumgartner, 2006) work on agenda setting and punctuated equilibrium, which suggests that policy issues may lie dormant until some event triggers attention from the public. E-petitioning may play a role in this process by enabling a process of definition and mobilization that can move issues to the forefront of policy attention. The petition data for this analysis consists of the five most successful police brutality petitions. Two petitions were created in response to the same two events that were discussed in the Pew (Anderson & Hitlin, 2016) and the Freelon et al. (2016) studies: the Michael Brown shooting on August 9, 2014 and the non-indictment of Darren Brown on November 11, 2014. The other events in this analysis include the shooting deaths of two other black men by police officers, Anton Sterling on July 5, 2016 and Philando Castile on July 6, 2016. Subsequently, on July 7, 2016, five police officers were killed in Dallas at a Black Lives Matter Movement protest of the shooting deaths of Sterling and Castile.
Jory Fulcher (University of Windsor, Canada)
Sarah Woodruff Atkinson (University of Windsor, Canada)
Sara Santarossa (University of Windsor, Canada)
Understanding online communities surrounding non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) through conversations and common properties among authors
Suay Melisa Ozkula (The University of Sheffield, UK)
Paul J. Reilly (The University of Sheffield, UK)
Easy data, usual suspects, same old places? A systematic review of Digital Activism research between 1995-2019
Rebecca Reagan (University of Windsor, Canada)
Sonia Filice (University of Windsor, Canada)
Sara Santarossa (University of Windsor, Canada)
Sarah Woodruff (University of Windsor, Canada)
#ad on Instagram: Investigating the promotion of food and beverage products
ABSTRACT. The recent rise in popularity of social networking sites has prompted modern-day food and beverage companies to switch their marketing objectives from the traditional top-down strategies to a peer-to-peer approach, utilizing social media influencers to promote products online. This study investigated the promotion of food and beverage products on Instagram tagged with #ad.
Lauren Gurrieri (RMIT University, Australia)
Jenna Drenten (Loyola University Chicago, United States)
Social media challenges: surveillance dynamics and body ideals
Paul Russo (Yeshiva University, United States)
Jeancarlo Bonilla (New York University, United States)
Location Sharing: Women Respond to Trust; Men Share to Connect with Others
ABSTRACT. Location-enabled applications are providing tremendous value community and commerce. Despite significant investments by companies such as Facebook, Google, Tindr, FourSquare, mobile applications and websites see only minor usage. Location-sharing interactions are qualitatively different than traditional social networking activities. Broadcasting location online or sharing with providers remains uncomfortable for many users. In addition, location-sharing interactions that combine online and offline exchanges come with risks to privacy and security—often dissuading sharing behaviors. We develop and test an interdisciplinary causal model for the determinants of location-sharing. While trust perceptions and critical mass in social channels were found to influence participation overall, trust is more important for women, and critical mass is more important for men. Both trust propensity and structural assurances influence interpersonal trust, but trust propensity has no apparent effect on men. These findings offer practical insight for designers and provide theoretical foundation for future research.
Nigel Joseph (Washington State University, United States)
Jihyeong Son (Washington State University, United States)
Vicki McCracken (Washington State University, United States)
Who Follows You: Do People of Color Show Their Brand Trust by Their Follows on Instagram?
Takara A. Bond (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
Natasha Parent (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
Jennifer D. Shapka (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
Self-promotion motivations for social media use and social adjustment to university
Conor Lake (Rochester Institute of Technology, United States)
#NoMoreCraptions & #WhyISign: How Deaf Social Media Users Engage with Hashtags
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