|Presentation I gave at Freeling
I have to confess that I have felt the need to post a pic of the cup of coffee in front of me...more than once (like my Mona Lisa coffee cup?). What is that about? Why do we compose tweets about #coffee like this?:
Got my morning cup of #coffee, ready to start my day off!
It's clearly not just about coffee (in the ideational sense). The chapter I am writing at the moment for 'The Language of Social Media' (a collection of sociolinguistics work on SM to be published by Palgrave Macmillan) argues that it is mostly about affiliation - we like to bond around that morning coffee. It's a social thing. Interpersonal.
The phenomenon is not exclusive to microblogging. There's a lot of coffee discourse on the web....e.g. I enjoy this blog: coffee served daily.
Why does it feel good to know there are other people out there having their morning coffee too? One tweeter captured the experience:
SIX BILLION KETTLES BOILING AT ONE MOMENT! RIGHT ACROSS THE WORLD... #COFFEE TRENDING ON TWITTER!
More on this project soon ...if you're interested?