Specific Features of Online Communication in Twitter TV Fandoms
The article is devoted to the specifics of online communication in TV shows’fandoms. Based on symbolic convergence theory and the emerging concept of online creative collaboration, this study focuses on several communicationalprocesses in fandoms, such as causal factors of intergroup and intragroup conflicts,motivation to interact and co-create with fandom peers and sources of hierarchyinside fandoms. Qualitative research, including nine semi-structured interviews withfandom members from different countries and a netnographic study of Twitterfandoms, offers in-depth insights into communication in TV shows’ fandoms.International youth fan communities in social media are of scientific interest as a cultural and communication phenomenon. As fans become more influential, theresults also have practical implications for the promotion of TV shows.