A Content Analysis of Social Live Streaming Services

  • Franziska ZimmerEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10913)


Social Live Streaming Services (SLSSs) are a new and exciting area of Social Networking Services (SNSs), with Periscope, Ustream, and YouNow representing some of the most commonly used international services. SLSSs offer the opportunity to examine the human-computer interaction between the streamers and their medium, the live stream, as well as the streamers’ information behavior. To get a better understanding on the information behavior on SLSSs and who produces which kind of live streams we conducted a systematic observation of live streams (N = 7,667) in a time-span of four weeks. We implemented a content analysis and investigated if differences between gender and the produced content, as well as the motivation of a person can be observed. Furthermore, the content was analyzed by country (U.S., Germany, and Japan) as well as by the service (Periscope, Ustream, and YouNow) to gain insight into the question if the streamed content depends on the applied services or the cultural background.


Social Live Streaming Services (SLSSs) Content analysis Social Networking Services (SNSs) Users Information behavior YouNow Periscope Ustream 



The author wants to thank Wolfgang G. Stock for his valuable and much needed insights and help with this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information ScienceHeinrich Heine University DüsseldorfDüsseldorfGermany

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