Webometric Thoughts

July 1, 2009

Fuck: What have you got to swear about?

Filed under: Twitter,Wordle,swearing — admin @ 8:40 pm

The words people combined with ‘fuck’ last Wednesday on Twitter (i.e., before the world went you-know-who crazy):
I may get this printed as a prompt card for when I get myself into arguments and my middle class background fails to provide me with the required lingo. Just take a selection of words, mix them up, and you’re “shit hot like fuckin transformers”.

[nb. This is absolutely the last Wordle].

Twittering Jackson

Filed under: Michael Jackson,Twitter,Wordle — admin @ 8:10 pm

As a follow-up to the last post it seemed appropriate to show what people were actually saying about Michael Jackson. A Wordle of the Twitter comments on Friday 26th June mentioning ‘Jackson’:

Personally I thought there would have been a few more negative comments, but seemingly most people really don’t speak ill of the dead.

That’s it…I promise no more Michael Jackson Wordles…although I may be tempted to post some other Wordles from my Twitter corpus.

[N.B. The words 'Michael' and 'Jackson' were removed from the Wordle as they far outweighed all the others.]

Seven Twitter Wordles: #MJ’s Death was massive!

Filed under: Michael Jackson,Twitter,Wordle — admin @ 6:53 pm

Despite a few problems with my programming, I finally got a random sample of the Twitter public timeline: the top 20 feeds from the Twitter public timeline were collected every 30 seconds over seven days. The Twitter updates were then put in Wordle (with the ‘common English words’ taken out).

Even mundane wordles can be interesting to look at. Over the week you can see just how small the trend words are in comparison to the mundanities of life. Then Michael Jackson died.

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The Twitter community soon get back on an even keel.

Personally I’m always surprised how little people swear on Twitter.

January 3, 2009

Webometric Word Clouds: an unscientific comparison

Filed under: Wordle,webometrics,word clouds — admin @ 5:14 pm

Whilst contemplating creating word clouds from search engine results(what else do people think about on a Saturday afternoons?) I started to wonder what my thesis would look like as a word cloud. More specifically, would it end up looking like the autobiography for Mike Thelwall? A quick copy and paste of 163 pages of text into Wordle later:

Maybe articles and theses should have a word cloud before the abstract to help users decide at a glance whether it is even worth reading the abstract.

How does my word cloud compare with other recent webometric theses?

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