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Discourse on Discord : An analysis of relations between users

Hoevers, S.J. (2022) Discourse on Discord : An analysis of relations between users.

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Abstract:Discord is a platform for online communication. While its original audience mostly consisted of people playing video games, a shift took place in its usage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nowadays the same application is used by book clubs, students and teachers and other communities. But what role does the platform play in connecting these individuals? The versatility of the platform means people can communicate in a multitude of different ways. So how do people use the platform to reach each other? This paper tries to give an insight into the relations between users within different communities. A tool is created to extract data from the platform after which it is used to create an overview of the nature of connections between users. This data is then used to look at the usage of different mechanisms to enhance messaging. Where mechanisms like mentions and replies to messages are used quite extensively, other special mentions like @here and @everyone are sparingly used. But why is this? In this paper we try to give explanations for this phenomenon, providing an insight into how users connect on the platform.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Computer Science BSc (56964)
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