Small talk in the Digital Age: Making Sense of Phatic Posts

academia,communication,internet,social networking — Tags: , — Danica @ 5:56 pm, April 16, 2012

The World Wide Web 2012 conference has started, and I have presented earlier his morning after the keynote talk: Greg Ver Steeg - Information Theoretic Tools for Social Media. I talked about small talk, phatic communication and its functions, and online communication dynamics. How tweets and mundane Facebook updates about weather, food, what you’re doing, where are you doing, and how – are actually healthy for the online communities, human relationships, and sustaining social network systems. I provided plenty of interesting examples (see some of the slides), and had nice and inspiring questions from the audience.

You can read the paper in CEUR online database; I would be happy to read your thoughts and comments here. Check out the paper (pdf), it is available for downloading and reading as part of CEUR Vol-838.

Find my slides uploaded on a SlideShare.


  1. [...] the article “Phatic Posts: Even the Small Talk Can Be Big” - where I’m discussing the paper I presented at #WWW2012 on ‘phatic’ communications online: on brief and apparently trivial or mundane updates posted on social media. For Australian Science [...]

  2. [...] those drawn here from blog posts and other social media sites, I recommend updated reading on poking and phatic communicationon social networks: Phatic Communication, or why the little things in social media really [...]

  3. Danicar, your presentation is thoughtfully done and includes excellent examples on SlideShare. Thanks for sharing with an even wider audience.

    Comment by Robyn McMaster — November 5, 2012 @ 3:58 pm
  4. thank you, robyn!

    Comment by Danica — November 5, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

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