Twitter and Mood

Tweets were studied in order to compile information about people's moods.
Written by Denise Amrich, Contributor

In a project by the researchers from the Northeastern University College of Computer and Information Sciences and Harvard Medical School, 300 million Twitter tweets were studied in order to compile information about people's moods.

Moods were tracked throughout the day, and locations were compared. It's fascinating, so you'll probably want to read more about "Pulse of the Nation: U.S. Mood Throughout the Day Inferred from Twitter".

It's not big news that people like weekends better than weekdays. It's not even all that hard to understand why the West Coast is happier than the East Coast. I've taken a couple of business/vacation trips to California and the weather and scenery are gorgeous, the people are really cool and very nice, and the food is amazing.

However, the early morning happiness is shocking. I'm really not a morning person, so hearing that people are happiest early in the morning was a real eye opener to me. It's kind of sad that the information seems to point to people really not liking their jobs, but it isn't all that surprising.

I'd really like to see more of Twitter tweets being used to compile data about health and well-being.

How about you? What do you think of using Twitter to analyze mood? Let us know in the TalkBacks below.

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