Shravan points me to this article, Twitter Language Use Reflects Psychological Differences between Democrats and Republicans, which begins with the following self-parody of an abstract:
Previous research has shown that political leanings correlate with various psychological factors. While surveys and experiments provide a rich source of information for political psychology, data from social networks can offer more naturalistic and robust material for analysis. This research investigates psychological differences between individuals of different political orientations on a social networking platform, Twitter. Based on previous findings, we hypothesized that the language used by liberals emphasizes their perception of uniqueness, contains more swear words, more anxiety-related words and more feeling-related words than conservatives’ language. Conversely, we predicted that the language of conservatives emphasizes group membership and contains more references to achievement and religion than liberals’ language. We analysed Twitter timelines of 5,373 followers of three Twitter accounts of the American Democratic and 5,386 followers of three accounts of the Republican parties’ Congressional Organizations. The results support most of the predictions and previous findings, confirming that Twitter behaviour offers valid insights to offline behaviour.
and also this delightful figure:
The pie-chart machine must’ve been on the fritz that day.
I can’t actually complain about this article because it appeared in Plos-one. I have the horrible feeling that, with another gimmick or two, it could’ve become a featured article in PPNAS or Science or Nature.
Anyway, I replied to Shravan:
Stop me before I barf . . .
To which Shravan replied:
Let it all out on your blog.
But no, I don’t think this is worth blogging. There must be some football items that are more newsworthy.