Hashtags Functions in the Protests Across Brazil

Raquel Recuero, Gabriela Zago, Marco T. Bastos, Ricardo Araújo
2015 SAGE Open  
This is the published version of the paper. This version of the publication may differ from the final published version. Permanent repository link: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/16379/ Link to published version: http://dx. Abstract In this article, we discuss the communicative functions of hashtags during a period of major social protests in Brazil. Drawing from a theoretical background of the use of Twitter and hashtags in protests and the functions of language, we extracted a sample of 46,090
more » ... a sample of 46,090 hashtags from 2,321,249 tweets related to Brazilian protests in June 2013. We analyzed the hashtags through content analysis, focusing on functions, and co-occurrences. We also qualitatively analyzed a group of 500 most retweeted tweets to understand the users' tagging behavior. Our results show how users appropriate tags to accomplish different effects on the narrative of the protests.
doi:10.1177/2158244015586000 fatcat:6okg322ecjdn7o726zjqrnngru