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‘If You Do It too Then RT and Say #idoit2’

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Proposing an interpersonal bond in discourse involves offering a coupling of interpersonal and ideational meaning for negotiation. This chapter explores contingency and coupling patterns in microblogging, a form of social media whereby users post character constrained messages (microposts) to the Internet. The author employs a 100-million-word corpus of Twitter microposts (HERMES), to investigate how bonds are proposed in two very different domains of experience; celebration of a celebrity, Justin Bieber, and communal complaint about minor quotidian concerns. Developed in 2006, Twitter allows users to post messages of 140 characters or less to the general Internet or to a set of users who subscribe to a user's message 'stream', known collectively as followers. These microposts are referred to as tweets and are presented to the user in reverse chronological order as an unfolding feed of content.

Keywords: constrained messages; microblogging; reverse chronological order; Twitter microposts



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