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    • Social Anthropology of Twitter #2:
      The Diplomacy of @KerryMP
      and the Fame of @mathewhulbert
      An analysis of human interaction on Twitter demonstrating conflict and friendship, antagonism and affection, goading and gloatingon Twitter emphasising the roles of diplomacy, fairness and humour in building community.
      markinreading (Mark Adams)
      25th June 2009
      UNFINISHED VERSION
    • Narrative
      The events in this story took place predominantly on the evening on 18th June 2009. The setting is largely UK as some 3.03m people sat down to watch the TV show, “Question Time” broadcast on BBC1 from 10.35 to 11.20 that evening.
      For some time, these people had also been indulging in texting and twittering about the show and tonight, some 2,500 texts and 1,095 tweets would be sent, broadcast on Ceefax for those who wished to participate.
      One of these people was @mathewhulbert. On June 17th2009, he had 247 followers. By the end of June 18th, this had grown by 12% to 277 and reached 297 within a week. The initial growth came about by an active engagement on Twitter with a politician, @KerryMP, who having been goaded to the edge of sanity threatened to ignore the man – unleashing a wealth of support from the Twitterverse.
      This is tale of fame, of manners and of the self-regulating community that is Twitter, with the Tweets in the story presented on a slide-by-slide timeline in the “Peruvian” style.
    • The Players
      Leading Actors:
      @mathewhulbert – a journalist, writer, son, brother and uncle.
      @KerryMP – Labour MP for Bristol East
      Extras:
      @chrishawes – a mildly interesting Scout leader, Conservative activist and blogger
      @doktorb – a player with no Twitter bio
      @markinreading – all I do is tweet around BBC’s Question Time TV programme
    • The Action
      Phase 1 – The Pre-Show Warm-up And Greetings (22:01 to 22:19)
      Phase 2 – Challenging Banter Start
      (featuring the Sarcastic Riposte
      Phase 3 – A Small Harmless Exchange
      (featuring a Claim, Suggestion, Response and a battle for the Lastword)
      Phase 4 – The Goads
      Phase 5 – The Threat of Action
      Phase 6 – Accusations
      Phase 7 – The Claim To Fame
      (“people are ignoring me”)
      Phase 8 – The Claim to Fame is Ridiculed
      Phase 9 – The Parties Seek Calm
      Phase 10 - @mathewhulbert Basks in Fame
    • @markinreading
      Phase 1: The Pre-Show Warm-Up And Greetings
      The evening starts shortly before BBC Question Time takes to the air.
      22:01:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 1: The Pre-Show Warm-Up And Greetings
      The Twitterers settle down and introduce themselves...
      22:02:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 1: The Pre-Show Warm-Up And Greetings
      ...re-acquaint themselves with each other...
      22:13:00
    • @ KerryMP
      Phase 1: The Pre-Show Warm-Up And Greetings
      ...and welcome new mates into the community ...
      22:19:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 2: Challenging Banter Starts
      A Sarcastic Riposte to our new friend ...
      22:22:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 2: Challenging Banter Starts
      A ‘hard to understand’ Rhetorical Question 1 about a panellist...
      (Rhetorical Question 1: “What is a socialdemocrat”)
      22:23:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 2: Challenging Banter Starts
      22:24:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 2: Challenging Banter Starts
      An innocuous ‘thinking out loud comment’
      22:47:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 2: Challenging Banter Starts
      A follow-on innocuous thinking out loud comment
      22:48:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 2: Challenging Banter Starts
      Innocuous comment gets challenged...
      22:49:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 3: First Small Harmless Exchange
      Claimer makes a Claim 1...
      (Claim 1 is “HoC authorities would not let MP leave some blacked-out stuff”)
      22:55:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 3: First Small Harmless Exchange
      Respondee makes a helpful/humorous Suggestion 1...
      (Suggestion 1 “Poke HoC authorities on the knees”)
      22:56:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 3: First Small Harmless Exchange
      Claimer offers humorous Response 1 to Suggestion 1
      (Response 1 is “Prefer Kicking them in the shins”)
      22:58:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 3: First Small Harmless Exchange
      Respondee seeks (humorous) Lastword 1
      (Lastword 1 is “Shins are good”)
      23:00:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 3: First Small Harmless Exchange
      Claimer seeks (humorous) Lastword 2
      (Lastword 2 is “Scared to take on Esther”)
      23:02:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 4: The Goads
      Goader starts to goad Goadee with Goad 1...
      (Goader is @mathewhulbert and Goadee is @KerryMP. Goad 1 is “Why is Charlie Falconer defending Labour?”)
      23:03:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 4: The Goads
      Goadee gives reasoned response in Rationale 1...
      (Rationale 1 is “nothing to do with whips office”)
      23:05:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 4: The Goads
      Goader persists with new Goad 2...
      (Goad 2 is “Is this a Government running scared”?)
      23:07:01
    • @chrishawes
      Phase 4: The Goads
      Goader 2 joins in and makes similar challenge with Goad 3...
      (Goader 2 is @chrishawes. Goad 3 is “Why wasn’t a minister put forwards”)
      23:07:02
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 4: The Goads
      Goadee gives Rationale 2 to Goader 2 re Goad 3
      (Rationale 2 is “Journo rings round until they find a taker”)
      23:08:00
    • @doktorb
      Phase 4: The Goads
      Goader 3 enters with Goad x
      (Goad x is “You get promoted to be a Whip ifyou are not brave enough to face critics”)
      23:10:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 4: The Goads
      Goader persists, now with Goad 4...
      (Goad 4 is “Labour could have provided a heavy hitter if they wanted to”)
      23:10:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 4: The Goads
      Goader progresses straight to Goad 5...
      (Goad 5 is “Where are Labour’s ministers”?)
      23:12:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 4: The Goads
      Goader makes further Goady comment...[precise context unknown]
      23:13:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 4: The Goads
      Goadee responds with Rationale 2 expressing Frustration 1 ...
      (Rational 2 is “Goader didn’t understand previous explanation” and Frustration 1: “can’t be bothered to explain”)
      23:15:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 4: The Goads
      ...Goader responds to Frustration 1 and repeats Goad 5 ...
      23:16:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 4: The Goads
      Goadee follows up with Goad 6 ...
      (Goad 6 is “Is it labour policy to be not bothered to explain”?)
      23:18:01
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 5: The Threat of Action
      ...Goadee responds with Threat 1 of Action 1 ...
      (Threat 1 is “I’m going to ignore you from now on” and Action 1 is the act of “Ignoring”)
      23:18:02
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      ...Goader makes Accusation 1 and produces Goad 7 ...
      (Accusation 1 is “You are Rude” and Goad 7 is “Why bother Tweeting if you don’t debate”?)
      23:19:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      ...Goadee makes Accusation 2 yet offers Rationale 3
      (Accusation 2 is “You are Intensely Annoying” Rationale 3 is “I’d rather be watching and engaging with others”)
      23:20:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      Goader shares news of Action 1 and Exclamation 1
      (Exclamation 1 is that Goadee’s action is “Unbelievable”)
      23:20:01
    • @chrishawes
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      Goader 2 returns and attempts to calm Goader
      23:20:02
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      Goader demands Justification 1 of Accusation 2
      (Justification 1 (demanded) is: “Why am I annoying”?)
      23:21:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      Goader repeats Accusation 1 and Goad 7 to Goader 2
      (Reminder: Accusation 1 was “You are rude” and Goad 7 was “Can’t be bothered to debate”)
      23:22:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      Goader repeats Accusation 1 and Goad 7 to Passerby
      23:23:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      23:23:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      23:23:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      23:24:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      23:24:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      23:24:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      23:26:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      23:26:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      23:26:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 6: The Accusations
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      23:28:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      23:28:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      23:29:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      23:29:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      23:29:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 6: The Accusations
      23:32:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 7: The Claim to Fame
      Goader publicises Action 1 as Claim To Fame 1
      (Claim to Fame 1 is “An MP is Ignoring Me”)
      23:32:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
      23:36:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
      23:36:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    • @markinreading
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
      23:38:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
      23:38:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
      23:38:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
      23:38:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
      23:39:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
      Goadee now offers an Olive Branch to Goader to “calm things down”
      23:39:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    • @markinreading
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
      23:39:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
      23:39:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
      23:40:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
      23:41:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
      23:41:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
      23:42:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 9: Both Parties Now Seek Calm
      23:42:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 9: Both Parties Now Seek Calm
      23:43:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 9: Both Parties Now Seek Calm
      23:43:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 9: Both Parties Now Seek Calm
      23:44:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 9: Both Parties Now Seek Calm
      23:45:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 9: Both Parties Now Seek Calm
      23:45:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 9: Both Parties Now Seek Calm
      23:47:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 9: Both Parties Now Seek Calm
      23:48:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 10: The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
      23:49:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 10: The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
      23:49:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 10: The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
      23:54:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase 10: The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
      00:01:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 10: The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
      00:02:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 10: The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
      00:03:00
    • @mathewhulbert
      Phase 10: The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
      00:03:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase 10: The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
      00:03:00
    • @markinreading
      Phase : The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
      00:17:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase : The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
      The Day After 12:04:00
    • @KerryMP
      Phase : The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
      The Day after 14:47:00
    • Phase : The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
    • Phase : @mathewhulbert Basks
      23rd June
    • Phase : @mathewhulbert and @KerryMP Friends
      22nd June
    • Phase : @mathewhulbert and @KerryMP Friends
    • Phase : @mathewhulbert and @KerryMP Friends