What’s Your Mood, America? We’ll Check Your Tweets

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Mashable.com has published a story about how tweets are being compiled to instantly measure the mood of the nation. Teams of scientists from Northeastern and Harvard University have put the study together and it’s already reaping big research rewards. Here’s a bit about it from Mashable:

Not only did they analyze the sentiments we collectively expressed in 300 million tweets, over three years, against a scholarly word list, these researchers also mashed up that data with information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Google Maps API and more. What they ended up with was a fascinating visualization showing the pulse of our nation, our very moods as they fluctuate over time.

In Obama’s Age of Transparency (for everyone but Obama) will Big Brother eventually put Gallup out of business… or propel new businesses to take its place? What signals are you sending to voyeuristic bureaucrats about your thoughts and feelings, even as you simply tweet your friends?

The Pulse of the Nation: A Twitter Mood Expressions Map mined from tweets throughout one day. The image created is a graphical representation of America, coast-to-coast.

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