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|This month: August 2014|
Follow the money: A study of cashtags on Twitter
The popularity of Twitter goes beyond trending topics, world events, memes, and popular hashtags. Recently a new way of sharing financial information is taking place in social media under the name of cashtags, stock ticker symbols that are prefixed with a dollar sign. This paper presents an exploratory analysis of cashtags on Twitter. It investigates how widespread cashtags are, what stock symbols are tweeted more often, and which users tweet about cashtags in general. The authors analyze relationships among cashtags and study hashtags in the context of cashtags. Finally, the paper compares tweet performance to stock market performance. Cashtags can be very useful for analyzing financial information and provide new insights into stocks and companies.
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“There’s no place for lulz on LOLCats”: The role of genre, gender, and group identity in the interpretation and enjoyment of an Internet meme
Internet memes are an increasingly widespread form of vernacular communication. This paper uses LOLCats, one of the most popular and enduring Internet memes, as a case study for exploring some of the social and cultural forces that contribute to memes’ popularity, both individually and as a whole. A qualitative audience study of 36 LOLCat enthusiasts indicates that individual memes can be used by multiple (and vastly different) groups for identity work as well as in–group boundary establishment and policing. This study also shows that as memes travel from subculture to the mainstream, they can be sites of contestation and conflict amongst different stakeholders.
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