The book interrogates the role of quantification in stories on social media: how do visible numbers (e.g. of views, shares, likes) and invisible...
The book interrogates the role of quantification in stories on social media: how do visible numbers (e.g. of views, shares, likes) and invisible algorithmic measurements shape the stories we post and engage with? The links of quantification with stories have not been explored sufficiently in storytelling research or in social media studies, despite the fact that platforms have been integrating sophisticated metrics into developing facilities for sharing stories, with a massive appeal to ordinary users, influencers, and businesses alike. With case-studies from Instagram, Reddit, and Snapchat, the authors show how three types of metrics, namely content metrics, interface metrics and algorithmic metrics, affect the ways in which cancer patients share their experiences, the circulation of specific stories that mobilize counter-publics, and the design of stories as facilities on platforms.
The analyses document how numbers to structure elements in stories, indicate and produce engagement, and become resources for the tellers'self-presentation. This book will be of interest to students and scholars working in the fields of narrative and social media studies, including narratology, biography studies, digital storytelling,life-writing, narrative psychology, sociological approaches to narrative, discourse and sociolinguistic perspectives.