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REBELO, Catarina et al. Twitter: from platform for mobilization to platform for commentary. The 2014 meet in Lisbon. OBS* [online]. 2017, vol.11, n.4, pp.19lpage=41-. ISSN 1646-5954.

This interdisciplinary article aims to analyze the role of Twitter in the “meet” at the shopping center Vasco da Gama, in 20 August 2014, which had particularly high media coverage, bringing this type of events to debate on the public sphere. For this purpose, we start by reflecting on the multiplicity of uses of Twitter, its uses by the younger population and also about the phenomenon of “meets” and its purpose. Then, we analyze the content of 1976 tweets posted between 14 and 24 August, which were filtered automatically by a method called Fuzzy Fingerprints using hashtags and relevant keywords on the topic. This empirical analysis shows, on the one hand, Twitter as a platform for mobilization and commentary, enabler of online/offline interactions and used by young people as a source of social distinction. On the other hand, the tweets related to the “meet” expressively illustrate the cultural, linguistic and social processes underlying this phenomenon.

Palavras-chave : online social networks; young people; meet; collective mobilization; Twitter.

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