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Panel-20: Filtering Instagram: Reframing Influence, Identities, and Information
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Session Chair: Jeff Hemsley
Location:O308 (cap. 40)
Filtering Instagram: Reframing Influence, Identities, and Information
Tama Leaver2, Crystal Abidin2, Tim Highfield3, Theo Plothe1, Kirsten Gibson4, Rachel Barton4, Lauren Gurrieri5, Jenna Drenten6
1Savannah State University, United States of America; 2Curtin University; 3University of Amsterdam; 4Purdue University; 5RMIT University; 6Loyola University Chicago
This panel considers research on Instagram and provides a framework for considering theoretical and methodological work on Instagram. While Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms, it remains one of the least studied. Restrictions to Instagram’s API makes data extraction difficult. Instagram includes text and hashtags, but its primary content is images, which require a different kind of methodological analysis. This panel takes up this question by providing a comprehensive examination of research on Instagram, as well as several examples of different approaches to Instagram research. The first as a theoretical and methodological frame for the panel in providing an overview of methodologies and approaches that have historically and are currently being used to study the Instagram platform. The other papers explore influencers on Instagram, queer women’s use of an Instagram dating page, and disclosures about serious health issues on Instagram. As a whole, this panel provides models of research on Instagram and studies of user practices on the platform. These papers individually contribute to Instagram research into user practices and consider the diverse and innovative ways in which the platform is used.