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Commenting on Top Spanish YouTubers: “No Comment”

Communication and Social Psychology department, University of Alicante, 03690 Alicante, Spain
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(10), 266; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8100266
Received: 22 August 2019 / Revised: 15 September 2019 / Accepted: 16 September 2019 / Published: 20 September 2019
The aim of this paper was to analyze commenting activity and sentiment (polarity and subjectivity) in interactions in response to videos by Spain’s most-subscribed YouTubers. An exploratory study was conducted on the content of the comments, their relationship with other social media actions, subjectivity, and polarity, as well as from the perspective of the participatory culture. The results show that commenting is a potential option for interaction that is underused by the communities of users. Replies to comments are found to be limited to the user–user level, while YouTubers themselves and the moderators that YouTube allows them to designate rarely comment or reply on social networks. However, creators do monitor comments and provide feedback to a limited selection thereof in subsequent videos. There thus appears to be a strategic, exploitative use of comments, marked by a delayed response aimed at attracting audiences to new content. View Full-Text
Keywords: YouTubers; sentiment analysis; interaction; influencers; commenting; Facebook YouTubers; sentiment analysis; interaction; influencers; commenting; Facebook
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Tur-Viñes, V.; Castelló-Martínez, A. Commenting on Top Spanish YouTubers: “No Comment”. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 266.

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