So as we all know, I have been using TAGS Explorer 6.0 to analyze tweets from Twitter. The hashtag I have been following is #TheWalkingDead. This show airs on AMC Sunday nights at 9pm. The show started October 10, 2010, and in October of 2015 the show will begin season 6! The Walking Dead always starts in October, have six episodes, and ends in December for a break. It then starts back up in the beginning of February and ends the end of March. Just from the couple months following this hashtag, I have learned so much and realized how much of a pain in the neck it would be to analyze more tweets than what I had to. Only ten minutes in the show, I gathered 5000 tweets, just imagine if I analyzed the tweets from the beginning to the end of the show! With that little bit of time, this is what I learned so far.
What I have come to learn about the hashtag #TheWalkingDead is retweeting is a major part of this analysis because it is more common than just tweeting to tweet their opinions. There are more retweets in the ten minutes that were recorded during The Walking Dead show. In fact, 45% of the tweets collected were retweets, and only 3% of the tweets were tweets that were direct tweets. Where I expected to see everyone who tweets, to tweet together, it seemed to be completely opposite. there was barely any communication going on. When looking at the retweet section, there is a lot more going on. As Nancy Baym stays in Personal Connections in the Digital Age,“Internet proponents… touted a new age of ‘virtual community’ in which webs of personal connection transcended time and distance to create meaningful new social formations” (72.)
I learned that the main hashtag #TheWalkingDead could be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. But that’s not the only hashtag that is used for the show. Some other popular hashtags that were used for the show are: #TWDAlexandria, #AlexandriaSafeZone #TWD, #TalkingDead, #WalkingDead, #RickGrimes. #TWDAlexandria, #AlexandriaSafeZone are used for the new safe zone. The fans want a safe place for the cast we all grew to love and we use the hashtag to support the community and wish for the best. #TWD, #WalkingDead, are very similar to #TheWalkingDead. TWD is short for The Walking Dead and Walking Dead just does not have “The” in front of it. These hashtags are used to symbolize or comment the show or say something that relates to the show. #RickGrimes is the main character and during this episode he was the main focus. He did not trust Alexandria and he shaved his beard. It was a big deal! #TalkingDead is a hashtag names after the “After show” of The Walking Dead. It recaps the newest episode and has three special guest. They talk about what they think will happen in future episodes and their comments on the newest episode. There is trivia questions throughout the show and they bring up tweets from fans that tweeted during the show. I could also talk about the websites and more about the social medias, but you can just scroll through my other blogs because they go in great detail!