The Contribution of Verified Accounts to Self-Disclosure in COVID-Related Twitter Conversations

Authors

  • Tingting Du The Pennsylvania State University
  • Prasanna Umar The Pennsylvania State University
  • Sarah Rajtmajer The Pennsylvania State University
  • Anna Squicciarini The Pennsylvania State University

Keywords:

Qualitative and quantitative studies of social media, Centrality/influence of social media publications and authors, Organizational and group behavior mediated by social media; interpersonal communication mediated by social media

Abstract

On Twitter, so-called verified accounts represent celebrities and organizations of public interest, selected by Twitter based on criteria for both activity and notability. Our work seeks to understand the involvement and influence of these accounts in patterns of self-disclosure, namely, voluntary sharing of personal information. In a study of 3 million COVID-19 related tweets, we present a comparison of self-disclosure in verified vs ordinary users. We discuss evidence of peer effects on self-disclosing behaviors and analyze topics of conversation associated with these practices.

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Published

2022-05-31

How to Cite

Du, T., Umar, P., Rajtmajer, S., & Squicciarini, A. (2022). The Contribution of Verified Accounts to Self-Disclosure in COVID-Related Twitter Conversations. Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 16(1), 1393-1397. Retrieved from https://ojs.aaai.org/index.php/ICWSM/article/view/19394