Collaborative Recall and Extended identity in Twitter communication

Abstract

The aims of the current study are to analyze research evidence of the ways in which collective recall exhibits extended social identity effects . Our core hypothesis was that the use of Twitter as a recall tool significantly contributes to social identity generation in general and self-categorization in particular. Based on a study of a representative sample of Latvian-language Twittersphere, we argue that a social network serves a two-fold role: (a) it extends the individual self as part of a distributed social reality and as part of a distributed on-line social network. The core results of our study show that Twitter functions as an extended distributive linguistic cognitive system supporting different kinds of recall tasks while at the same time exhibiting strong categorization effects through eliminating redundant information and reducing the descriptive complexity of the environment in recall.


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