Researchers at Humboldt State University have mapped hateful tweets.
Dr. Monica Stephens, at Humboldt State, has teamed up with undergraduate research assistants to study the geographical distribution of hate speech in tweets. The graphical map breaks down by "genre" of hate (homophobia, racism, disability) as well as by individual words flagged. Far more details are available on floatingsheep.org
; the data was provided by the DOLLY Project
at the University of Kentucky.
Twitter is experimenting with online shopping
"American Express card holders who connect their card numbers to their Twitter accounts can post on Twitter to trigger a purchase of select products, including discounted American Express gift cards, Kindle Fire tablets from Amazon.com Inc. and jewelry from designer Donna Karan. The program will roll out over the next few days." [more inside]
"It feels strange to be active and highly visible on the Web for 15 years but it was only when I joined Facebook that someone from elementary school or high school ever contacted me."
In which on Ev Williams's platform
, Mr Haughey compares his experiences of Facebook and Twitter
. [more inside]
Invented by Charles Dow
in 1896, The Dow Jones Average
) is perhaps the most widely known metric of equity market behaviour.
Calculated as a price weighted average
of thirty stocks
, The Dow is generally eschewed by professional investors who prefer the broader S&P 500
, a so-called market capitalisation weighted index
consisting of 500 stocks.
Regardless, proponents of the Dow claim its simplicity, long history and careful design as a reliable proxy of US economic activity as points in its favour. But can they now claim predicability as well
? [more inside]
attempts to measure influence on Twitter. Recognizing that follower count does not measure influence, Klout considers 25 factors
to determine how engaged you are with your network, how widely your tweets are read, and how likely your tweets are to drive action (retweets, replies, clicks). [more inside]
"takes the twitter stream and replaces one phrase with another, in the name of fun. The people depicted here did not say these things
allows you to play golf via twitter. Type a word and swing: the strength of your shot is proportional to the number of times the word has been tweeted in the last 20 seconds. A project of Twitter game outfit Local No. 12
, whose SXSW presentation "Playing with 140 characters" is available here
. (Via the just-concluded 2010 Games, Learning and Society conference
here in Madison.)
We asked some of our friends to film their favorite tweets.
We didn't care how they did it. They could read it. They could act it. They could do it with puppets. Whatever they wanted. The only rules were it had to be a tweet written by someone else and it had to contain the entire tweet and nothing but the tweet. (via Matt Haughey's Twitter)
Since late January of 2010, the International Space Station
was able to access the Internet
for personal use, leading to the first tweet from space
. The previous tweets
were e-mailed to the ground where support personnel posted them to the astronaut's Twitter account. Currently there are 17 active NASA astronauts and 6 internatual'nauts
tweeting from on high. If their words aren't enough, they're also posting pictures
, primarily from Soichi Noguchi
) and José Hernández
, whose socio-political messages were covered previously
). [more inside]
What the Hashtag?!
is a Twitter wiki (a twiki?) that explains most of those inscrutable acronyms and helps users find the sweetest tweets on any given topic. If you set up the TwitterBot
, you can investigate hashtags on the fly. For other topics, though, you may wish to tweet your local librarian