(figure 1.1 Graph from #youtube)
In this graph you can see the connection between the #youtube and other hashtags. For example, on the right side of the figure, this hashtag is connected to the hashtags: picoftheday, nailaddict, gelpolish, cutenails and colour.
The edges of this graphic are the lines between the ‘circles’, these circles are the nodes or hashtags that relate to the hashtag ‘Youtube’. The thickness of the edges visualises the amount of times it was used in relation to the hashtag Youtube. If the hashtag in relation is used often, the line is thicker, thus thinner when it is not used very often.
What can be concluded from this graph is that the hashtag Youtube is mainly used in pictures that relate to nails (as shown on the right side of the figure), celebrities (as shown on the left upper side of the figure), and to Youtubers (as shown on the left down side of the figure). Celebrities included in these connections are: Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and the band One Direction.
Youtubers connected to the Youtube hashtag, are Dan Howell (known as ‘danisnotonfire’) and Phil Lester (known as ‘amazingphil’).
The nails related hashtags seem to be used often in relation to the #youtube, which can mean that there are posts about nail art that link to Youtube videos. It can also mean the users of these hashtags use the same tags in one post.
In addition to these hashtags, there are other related hashtags such as goals, style, happy and food. These hashtags can be considered general hashtags which have nothing of interest, in regards to this research, to say about the tags that we are exploring.
Thus can be concluded that the ‘#Youtube’ does not give proof of an existing relation between brands and Youtube vloggers.
(figure 1.2 Graphic: #Spon)
In this graph you can see the connection between the hashtag ‘spon’, this is an abbreviation of the word ‘sponsor’, though it can also refer to ‘sponsorship’. During our Netnography search we often stumbled upon this word and therefore decided to use it in our Social Network Analysis.
On the left side of the graphic one can see #spon is often linked to easter, snickers, snickercrisper, instagood, travel, food, recipe, etc. The link between the ‘snickers’ and the tag ‘spon’ may exist because in this tag the product ‘Snickers’ is advertised. In addition to this, the tag food may relate to other food brands.
On the right side of the centre, there are a lot of thick lines. These lines visualise the related tags are often used with the tag ‘spon’. Examples of these tags are ‘phillester’, ‘amazingphil’, ‘danhowell’, ‘danisnotonfire’, ‘youtube’, ‘youtuber’, and words with the word ‘phan’ in it. The names ‘danisnotonfire’ and ‘amazingphil’ are the usernames of Phil Lester and Dan Howell on Youtube. The word ‘Phan’ stands for their combined names. The fans of Dan and Phil often use this word when they are talking about the friendship of these two people. We think that they are related to the tag ‘spon’ because they might be associated with ‘spon’ or sponsors.
In conclusion, in this graphic sponsors are related to Youtube. Thus there might be a link between brands and Youtubers.
(figure 1.3 Graphic: #ad)
In this graph you can see in the centre of the graph see the tag #ad. You can make out three clear fields of tags that are related to each other. The words is an abbreviation of the word ‘advertisement’.
In the field at the bottom of the graphic you can make out a lot of Arabic tags. But a few tags in that field are in English, and these are the tags ‘phone’, ‘special’, ‘numbersale’ and ‘pingphone’. These tags might be related to each other because they are advertisements for phones.
The upper left field is a field that contains words such as ‘happy’, ‘words’, ‘love’, ‘day’, ‘good’, etc. These words do not have a specific meaning or relation to our research question, thus are not relevant.
The upper right field contains more relevant words to our research such as ‘fashion’, ‘clothes’, ‘shoes’, ‘runningshoes’, ‘blog’, ‘blogger’, ‘shopping’, ‘accessories’, etc. These words are relevant to our research because they contain products that are advertised. These worlds have links to ‘blog’ and ‘blogger’ which proves a connection between blogs and advertisement. These products are associated with each other because they are believed to be related to each other by the users of these tags. Thus the conclusion can be made that there is indeed a connection between brands and vloggers/bloggers.