30 Oct '11, 11am

Denizens of the Twitter-verse, please be advised, your words are being analysed

DENIZENS of the Twitter-verse, please be advised: Whether you are a Libyan celebrating the demise of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, a New Zealand office worker sleepily starting your day or a California teenager trying out the latest slang, your words are being analysed. Twitter is many things to many people, but lately it has been a gold mine for scholars in fields like linguistics, sociology and psychology who are looking for real-time language data to analyze. Twitter's appeal to researchers is its immediacy - and its immensity. Instead of relying on questionnaires and other laborious and time-consuming methods of data collection, social scientists can simply take advantage of Twitter's stream to eavesdrop on a virtually limitless array of language in action. At the University of Texas, for example, a group of linguists and social psychologists has been monitoring Twitter to ...

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