Emergence of Things Felt: Harnessing the Semantic Space of Facebook Feeling Tags

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In 2013 Facebook launched a feature allowing users to add a feeling tag to their posts. We have collected 18 months worth of such public posts. Our aim is to map the semantic space of ‘Facebook feelings’ to understand patterns in how feelings are tagged and how they can be described in terms of valence and arousal. Our findings reveal temporal and social patterns in the most commonly shared feelings. In line with the ‘exhibitional’ nature of Facebook, our analyses indicate that ‘extreme’ feelings, such as excitement and anger, may be expressed in even more extreme levels of both valence and arousal. Facebook also provides novel emotional scripts (e.g., “meh”) that help people express feelings in ways that traditionally socialized feelings do not. This understanding of the semantic space of ‘Facebook feelings’ ultimately serves to inform the development of an automatic ‘Feelings Meter’.

Publication information

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Thirty Sixth International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2015
EditorsTraci Carte, Armin Heinzl, Cathy Urquhart
Number of pages20
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)9780996683111
StatePublished - 2015
EventThe 36th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2015: Exploring the Information Frontier - Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Duration: 13 Dec 201516 Dec 2015
Conference number: 36


ConferenceThe 36th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2015
LocationFort Worth Convention Center
LandUnited States
ByFort Worth, Texas
SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems

    Research areas

  • Facebook, Feelings, Sentiment analysis, Arousal, Social media, Marketing

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