In recent years Facebook (FB) has received increasing attention from scholars of different disciplines including ethnomethodology, sociology, education and communication. Despite the interest in FB, very few studies have investigated FB from a linguistic perspective. Moreover, none of these studies has applied Conversation Analysis (CA) to analyse FB status updates. This paper argues that, by adopting a CA-informed approach, status updates can be examined as tellings. In addition, it also claims that tellings can have five different formats: textual messages only, combinations of textual messages with either photos or hyperlinks, photos only or hyperlinks only.
- Computer-mediated communication
- Conversation Analysis
- Status updates