VTuber (NIJISANJI EN) communication with their followers and fellow VTubers on Twitter
VTuber - a virtual youtuber. It is a content creator who livestreams or makes videos using a 2D (or, in rare and expensive cases, 3D) motion-tracked avatar of themselves or their made up persona.
VTubers as a possible influencer career choice is not a new trend, created and popularized in Japan. However, the western countries are still just getting to know the VTuber community, therefore there is yet to be any research done regarding this phenomenon. With the help of VTuber agencies like NIJISANJI and HOLOLIVE, anyone is able to entertain an audience live can become a VTuber without ever having to show their face or reveal their real name. However, at the end of the day, they are influencers, or idols due to the way such agencies work (new content creators having to "debut" and keep up a weekly schedule), so it is interesting to observe how the western content creators deal with their fans, to learn whether parasocial relationships can still form even with the lack of personal information such as a real face and real name, and how the VTubers interact amongst themselves.
My name is Austėja Malinauskaitė, a second year student of New Media Language in Kaunas University of Technology and I aim to answer these questions in my research. And I would like YOU to help me! All answers are anonymous. If you wish to contact me privately, email me at [email protected]