Twitter knows what you’re feeling

I read this article and it reminded me of our discussion in class last night.

Social scientists combed through 500 million tweets dating from February 2008 to January 2010 as part of a study being published in the September 29th issue of Science magazine.They were looking for words associated with positive and negative emotions as well as emoticons.

A quote from the article – “What they discovered is that Twitter can serve as a kind of global mood ring, reflecting the rise and fall of emotions around the world. On Twitter, the researchers discovered, emotions tend to run positively in the morning, peaking around breakfast time before falling and bottoming out in the late afternoon, then rebounding again in the evening. That pattern held up across cultures and countries.”

Here is the link to the article if you’d like to read more about the study and their findings

And here is a link to the report on the Science magazine website about the study. Unfortunately you have to be a member to read the entire thing, but if interested you can still read the abstract to get a bit more information on what they were doing.