I read an interesting psychology research review today: What Your Tweets Say About You – The New Yorker. It isn’t actually about Twitter, which is just one source of language these researchers look at.
Research psychologists have created software called Analyze Words. It quickly provides an analysis of language samples. The version in the article looks at a recent sample of Tweets. I was curious, so I entered my two Twitter accounts. You can see the reports to the left.
In my more older, more popular account (@gregmercer1), I’ve often indulged in lots of politics. American politics these days involves lots of anger and worry, right? Not surprisingly, the report to the left shows lots of anger and worry, as well as lots of social connection with a worrisome arrogant/distant flavor. This one got me thinking: maybe it’s time for a change! Honestly, “Angry Distant Guy” isn’t what I strive for in life. Live and learn.
On my newer account (@bigredcarpetnsg), I avoid politics and focus on nursing and mental health. Look at the analysis: it’s like I’m a different person! Upbeat, otherwise pretty average. Still a bit distant. Overall, it’s striking just how different topic choices create such disparate personas. It’s also striking that my angry side usually attracts far more attention…
I have no idea what might come of such research, but it shows promise as a source of social feedback. It certainly gave me food for thought!
You can try it too: click on the link above, or here: Analyze Words. I’d love to see your results!
Also, what do you think of this sort of thing? I have mixed feelings: it’s like – IS – getting social coaching from a machine, creepy but also intriguing. I’m conflicted! How about you?