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Tweeting with the telly on!: Mobile Phones as Second Screen for TV

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Published

Publication date14/01/2012
Host publicationIEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC), 2012
PublisherIEEE
Pages729-731
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)978-1-4577-2070-3
Original languageEnglish

Conference

ConferenceSocial Networks and Television: Toward Connected and Social Experiences at IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period14/01/1217/01/12

Conference

ConferenceSocial Networks and Television: Toward Connected and Social Experiences at IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period14/01/1217/01/12

Abstract

Despite the ever expanding forms of digital entertainment, there are still Television (TV, telly) shows and events that create an audience desire to be part of a mass shared experience. In the past direct inter-audience interaction of such events has been restricted to either a shared location at the time of broadcast or later discussions amongst friends and colleagues often described as ‘water cooler moments’. With the advent of online social networks that facilitate status updates these moments can be instantly shared in real-time, creating a second screen for direct interaction with TV. In this paper we investigate the role of social media as the facilitator of second screen for TV, through the analysis of tweets for weekend primetime UK TV show the X-Factor. The results highlight the rich source of information that can be extracted in real-time and its enormous potential for broadcasters and producers both in terms of reinvigorating live TV viewing and creating new forms of audience interaction.