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SRSLY PHENOMENAL: An Investigation Into The Appeal Of LOLCATS

SRSLY PHENOMENAL: An Investigation Into The Appeal Of LOLCATS

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LOLCats are so much more than pictures of cats and hilarious captions uploaded to the internet. They are also a window into the unique culture of online community sharing and creating. Until now, there has been no serious academic attempt to study the evolution of the LOLCat.
(uploaded with permission from author, Kate Miltner /http://katemiltner.com/)
LOLCats are so much more than pictures of cats and hilarious captions uploaded to the internet. They are also a window into the unique culture of online community sharing and creating. Until now, there has been no serious academic attempt to study the evolution of the LOLCat.
(uploaded with permission from author, Kate Miltner /http://katemiltner.com/)

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Google + was launched in July 2011. One of its most lauded features was Hangouts, which
function as advanced group chats (pictured in figure A).

Figure A: User Interface for Google Hangouts

The uniqueness of the Google Hangout is that it emulates face-to-face (F2F) conversation.
This is accomplished through an audio functionality that, once triggered by vocal or other
audio input, switches the video feed of the speaker to the main window, directing your
attention to the person who is speaking. While this may have been confusing or distracting for
the uninitiated, the groups who were interviewed online consisted of technically savvy early
adopters, many of whom regularly used Google Hangouts in a social capacity. Due to this
familiarity and comfort with the platform’s functionality and emerging norms, the online focus
groups went quite smoothly.

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