Psych-out: What do your Twitter messages say about you?

Posted by andreaitis on June 15, 2009

Those 140 characters are feeling pretty heavy about now.

Social media and marketing researcher Dan Zarrella is debuting a new way to see into the minds of Twitter users by analyzing their most recent 1,000 tweets.

TweetPsych uses two linguistic analysis methods to build a psychological profile of a person based on the content of their tweets. It compares the content of a user’s tweets to a baseline reading Zarella built by analyzing over 1.5 million random tweets and shows the areas where that user stands out.

via What the Little Bird Told Me About You: Three Twitter Apps for Psych Analysis

Other tweet-analyzing apps:  Mailana, showing Twitter conversations and links between different users,  and  WhenDidYouJoinTwitter which shows, um, the date when you joined Twitter.

I really don’t want my Twitter messages analyzed.  I don’t want to have to think about my Twitter messages being analyzed.   I would like to opt out of Twitter analysis.

Meanwhile, I hear Twitter’s considering a new tagline: “Where id was, there shall ego tweet.”  And, in case you were wondering, @sigmundfreud has only one follower.


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