Facebook and Conversation Analysis: The Structure and Organization of Comment Threads

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Facebook and Conversation Analysis investigates the structure and organization of comments on a major social media platform, Facebook, using applied conversation analysis methods. Providing previously undocumented insights into the structure of comment threads, this book demonstrates that they have a meaningful organization, rather than casually following one another. Although normally used to explore the structure of spoken conversations, in recent years conversation analysis approaches have been successfully applied to examine online interactions on Twitter, discussion forums and email exchanges. By turning this approach towards Facebook comments, Matteo Farina provides clear and important insights into the organization of this type of social interaction. Supported by a large sample of data, with findings based on a corpus of 213 comment threads, with over 1,200 comments exchanged by 266 contributors, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of the way people communicate on Facebook.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages232
ISBN (Electronic)9781350038301
ISBN (Print)9781350038288
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Facebook
  • applied conversation analysis
  • comments
  • social interaction


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