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Twitter dialogue: an analysis of Pakistani politicians’ information sharing

Twitter dialogue: an analysis of Pakistani politicians’ information sharing The use of Twitter by political parties and politicians has been well studied in developed countries. However, there is a lack of empirical work, which has examined the use of Twitter in developing countries. This study aims to explore the information-sharing patterns of Pakistani politicians through Twitter accounts during the pre-election campaign of 2018.Design/methodology/approachData of three weeks of the official party accounts and the politicians running for prime minister were analysed. The mixed-methods approach has been used to analyse quantitative and qualitative data retrieved through Twitonomy.FindingsIt was found that the most active Twitter account belonged to the winning party. The prominent Twitter account functions were a call to vote, promotional Tweets, promises and Tweeting about party developments. The present study provides evidence that there is a difference between the Tweeting behaviour of established and emerging parties. The emerging party heavily posted about changing traditional norms/culture/practices.Practical implicationsThe study contributed to existing knowledge and has practical implications for politicians, citizens and social media planners.Originality/valueThe present study was designed carefully and based on empirical research. The study is unique in its nature to fill the research and knowledge gap by adding a variety of Twitter functions used by politicians. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information Discovery and Delivery Emerald Publishing

Twitter dialogue: an analysis of Pakistani politicians’ information sharing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2398-6247
DOI
10.1108/idd-03-2020-0031
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Abstract

The use of Twitter by political parties and politicians has been well studied in developed countries. However, there is a lack of empirical work, which has examined the use of Twitter in developing countries. This study aims to explore the information-sharing patterns of Pakistani politicians through Twitter accounts during the pre-election campaign of 2018.Design/methodology/approachData of three weeks of the official party accounts and the politicians running for prime minister were analysed. The mixed-methods approach has been used to analyse quantitative and qualitative data retrieved through Twitonomy.FindingsIt was found that the most active Twitter account belonged to the winning party. The prominent Twitter account functions were a call to vote, promotional Tweets, promises and Tweeting about party developments. The present study provides evidence that there is a difference between the Tweeting behaviour of established and emerging parties. The emerging party heavily posted about changing traditional norms/culture/practices.Practical implicationsThe study contributed to existing knowledge and has practical implications for politicians, citizens and social media planners.Originality/valueThe present study was designed carefully and based on empirical research. The study is unique in its nature to fill the research and knowledge gap by adding a variety of Twitter functions used by politicians.

Journal

Information Discovery and DeliveryEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 20, 2022

Keywords: Pakistan; Twitter; Social media; Information sharing; Political communication; Politicians

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