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Twitter has become very popular among celebrities. It is the main platform used by them to publishpress releases and, especially, to reach out to their fans. Given the pervasiveness of celebritieson the site, people with related interests may be especially likely to start using the service due tothe perception of direct access to a famous person. As for the celebrities, it is a way of being closeto the public and giving them an insight in to the life of a celebrity. Although most celebrity Twitteraccounts are only used for promotion purposes, many celebrities use their personal accounts forthe purpose of communicating with their fans, friends and other celebrities. These celebritiestweet personal photos and share their inner thoughts for various reasons and to different audiences.Thus in this study I ask: What are celebrity speech patterns on Twitter? Are they talkingmostly to fans, and if not, who are they talking to? How are they talking to these different audiences?I address these questions by analyzing the tweets publicly available on four active celebrities’Twitter timelines. The findings support that these celebrities indeed address different audienceson Twitter, including fans, friends, family and other celebrities. The findings further revealthat celebrities tend to communicate using different speech acts when talking to these differentaudiences. In light of this evidence, I attempt to highlight patterns that may be relevant withregards to the celebrities’ gender.

KEYWORDS

Speech Act Analysis, Twitter, Celebrity, Computer Mediated Communication

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Nemer, D. 2016 Celebrities Acting up: A Speech Act Analysis in Tweets of Famous People. Social Networking, 5, 1-10. doi: 10.4236-sn.2016.51001.





Autor: David Nemer

Fuente: http://www.scirp.org/



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