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Simon Faulkner, Farida Vis & Francesco D'Orazio

In: The SAGE Handbook of Social Media

Chapter 9: Analysing Social Media Images

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Analysing Social Media Images
Analysing social media images
Simon FaulknerFarida VisFrancesco D'Orazio
Introduction

According to Mary Meeker's 2016 Internet Trends Report, social media users shared more than three billion images every day during 2015 (Meeker, 2016).1 As Meeker observes, image use on social media continues to grow rapidly, with a dramatic increase in image circulation occurring from 2013 onwards. Some have referred to this rapid increase as social media's ‘visual turn’ (Gibbs et al., 2015: 258). This visual turn involves the popularisation of image-centric platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat, as well as the circulation of images on other, less predominantly visual social media platforms and messaging apps, like Facebook and Twitter, WhatsApp and WeChat. Despite this growth in image sharing, academic research in this area has ...

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