Emotion-based tags in photographic documents: the interplay of text, image, and social influence

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This study investigated the communicative roles played by the text, image, and social interaction in high- and low-relevance ranked Flickr photographic documents with an emotion-based tag. Using discourse analysis, textual and visual themes regarding the conveyance of emotional meaning were identified. Non-parametric measures found statistically significant differences between most relevant and least relevant pictures, between the number of views and number of favourites within each emotion, and between pictures with different emotion-based tags.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-353
Number of pages25
JournalCanadian Journal of Information and Library Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010


  • photographs
  • image retrieval
  • search engines
  • tagging
  • folksonomy
  • meaning
  • communication
  • emotion
  • photographic documents

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