Culture Twitter — Snurb, 7 January 2013
Starting 2013 with an Article on Twitter and #Eurovision

The new year has barely begun, but I’m delighted to say that we’ve already clocked up our first publication for 2013: Information, Communication & Society has just published an article by Tim Highfield, Stephen Harrington and me which expands on our paper at the Association of Internet Researchers conference in Salford in October 2012 and examines the use of Twitter as a backchannel technology for the Europe-wide broadcast of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest (as well as for the delayed telecast on SBS in Australia). The paper is out now as an ICS online first publication, and will eventually form part of an AoIR special issue which collects selected publications from the conference – a number of other conference presentations-turned-articles are also online on the ICS site already.

The full article reference is below. Note that for this new article, volume and issue numbers aren’t known yet:

Tim Highfield, Stephen Harrington, and Axel Bruns. “Twitter as a Technology for Audiencing and Fandom: The #Eurovision Phenomenon.Information, Communication & Society, 3 Jan. 2013. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2012.756053.

This caps off a very busy 2012, during which the Mapping Online Publics team published and presented quite a substantial number of articles and papers. I’ve taken this opportunity to update our full publications listing with all the work from 2012; over at, you can also find some of my non-MOP-related work from the past year.

Onwards and upwards…

About the Author

Dr Axel Bruns leads the QUT Social Media Research Group. He is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Bruns is the author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and a co-editor of Twitter and Society, A Companion to New Media Dynamics and Uses of Blogs (2006). He is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. His research Website is at, and he tweets as @snurb_dot_info.

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