All We Do is "Stalking": Studying New Forms of Reading in Social Networks

Antonini, Alessio; Gomez Mejia, Gustavo and Lupi, Lucia (2019). All We Do is "Stalking": Studying New Forms of Reading in Social Networks. In: HT '19: Proceedings of the 30th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, ACM.



A particular use of the term “stalking” is emerging in social networks to indicate a wide range of reading practices aimed to gain insight on a subject. As a new type of reading, “stalking” does not always have a negative connotation and it is not limited to the personal sphere but ranging from ludic to professional aims. Considering the preliminary results of a case study in the READ-IT project, this contribution wishes to engage the hypertext research community in considering “stalking” as a type of reading activity emerging from the unique features of social networks related both to “stalkers” (as hypertext readers), and to the “stalked” (as a type of contents) within the context of social networking platforms (as a type of medium and environment for reading).

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