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Fear and loathing in Boston: The roles of different emotions in information sharing on social media following a terror attack

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Emotions are essential to how we communicate, and online discussions are no exception. As most of the analysis on emotion so far has looked at polarity rather than specific emotions, we do not yet have a full understanding of how different emotions spark different behaviours. This study examines how five different emotions are associated with information sharing in the context of a terror attack both on a large scale and when including geolocation information in the analysis. Contrary to what previous findings suggest, increased fear and contempt levels have a negative relation with increased levels of retweeting. Positive emotion in tweets meant a decrease in retweet rates in the geolocation specific data, but an increase when all tweets were considered.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems
ISSN0000-0034
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Proceedings of the 27th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Stockholm & Uppsala, Sweden, June 8-14, 2019. ISBN 978-1-7336325-0-8 Research Papers.

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