Pew maps Twitter conversations, finds 6 types
The Pew Research Center, working with the Social Media Research Foundation and using a special software tool, analyzed and mapped millions of public tweets, retweets, hashtags and replies that form the backbone of Twitter chatter.
Here are the other five types of conversations:
- People who talk about well-known brands on Twitter tend to be disconnected from one another, focusing only on the topic at hand and not really interacting with each other. The study calls these “brand clusters.” One graph, that looked at mentions of Apple, found that users didn’t follow, reply to or mention any other person who also tweeted about the company.
- People who tweet from a social media conference, or about another highly specialized topic tend to form tight crowds of people who are connected to one another as followers. There are only a few users who are not connected to at least a few others in the group.
- “Community clusters” happen when several, evenly sized Twitter groups are connected to each other. In a sense, these can be compared “to people clustering in different stalls at a bazaar.” The conversations in this group share a common broader topic, whether that’s Michelle Obama or a tech conference, but each cluster takes a different focus.
- “Broadcast networks” are often media outlets or prominent social media figures with a lot of followers who repeat the messages such outlets send out.
- A Twitter “support network,” is the last major conversation type. These conversations usually involve a large company, such as a bank or airline, that listens and replies to consumer complaints. When mapped, the interactions in these groups tend to look like a bicycle wheel hub with many spokes.
Some of this maps to our own observations on Twitter conversation, the rest of it not so much.
1:35 pm • 25 February 2014 • 29 notes
“…the “momentary salvation” from the will found in the aesthetic experience is anything but, and that it is possible to maintain the experience not as a singular moment, but as an almost continuous state of being. By reevaluating the objects of desire, as well as abandoning the value judgments attendant upon them, the idea of beauty may be broadened to potentially include any sensory object… Through these reconceptualizations, the individual subject may exist in a primed state where each object is beautiful and thus a potential catalyst for the aesthetic experience. A succession of aesthetic experiences will then wash over him, making it possible to exist joyously in the world.”
#reframing all sensory experience as beautiful
#as interesting as it is untenable
3:20 am • 25 February 2014 • 1 note
I’ve been going to an introductory improv class for the last two months. It’s given me insight into narratives, characters, and the natural rhythms of conversation. It might be opening me up in a subtle way, but eight weeks is a short period of time to see any major changes in my personality.
I’ve been bonding deeply with my classmates, though. Improv is intimacy. I’ll take the next level course, if only to keep hanging out with these good people.
One person has called me “a natural,” and another person correctly diagnosed me as “quiet, but [doesn’t] exude shyness.” It made me feel good when they said that about me. I think it’s healthy to acknowledge this. But maybe not too healthy to be this.
I’ve also picked up meditation again, and that’s helping me with participating better in improv scenes (as well as responding more naturally in real-life conversations). I recommend it. Breathe manually as much as you can throughout the day, you’ll see changes in your clarity pretty quickly.
(Source: sarahnesthetic, via mymentaldecline)
#ramblings of a god damn madman
1:47 am • 25 February 2014 • 251 notes
“The pressure is in people trying to categorize you. They kind of go, “…well, that’s what that person does.” I suppose that’s what we do as human beings. We identify things and classify things because that makes us feel more comfortable and it gives us a sense of control over the world. But I think it’s a very 20th Century notion to go, “that’s what that person does.””
— Angus Wall, Creative Director of Elastic (the people who made the True Detective and Game of Thrones title sequences)
#game of thrones
#art of the title
#individuals vs. systems
6:20 pm • 23 February 2014 • 2 notes
0alanna0 replied to your post “True Detective spoilers under cut— [[MOR] For some reason no one…”
That quite bothered me too, ok scenes with Audrey seem apparently just functional for Martin family background, but from a show so details focused, these scream loud “plot-device linked to the YKing”. I even wonder if the abuser is actually Martin…
I tend to not think it’s Martin, just because he seems so genuinely surprised and disturbed by much of what’s happening, but that doesn’t rule him out.
Something struck me, though: in a larger sense, I think the theme of abuse relates to Cohle’s comments about the horror of circularity, and in turn to the King in Yellow references. (Shortly after I had this thought, I saw this post, which I think is working on a similar theme.)
"The King in Yellow," in Chambers’ book, is a play that drives everyone who reads it insane, because of the horrifying truths that it reveals. “Carcosa” is a lost and haunted city in the play: dim, strange, and full of shadows. In this episode, Ledoux tells Cohle that he is now “in Carcosa,” with Ledoux himself. I wonder if Hart, too, is “in Carcosa;” I’m tempted to put the moment of his entering it at his opening of the door, and the revelation of the children. (For a moment, I thought the camera was not going to show us the “it” that was behind the door, the sight that seemed to be the ultimate horror for Hart, so bad that he could not let its creator live.)
4:24 am • 18 February 2014 • 9 notes
More like me being this way made me right for the job.
About a year ago, I was at a baby shower at a relative’s house. They had just bought the house, and they asked if I wanted a tour. Without thinking, I politely refused.
Later, I realized this was incredibly rude.
I then found out that my relative’s commentary on this was “Yeah, a lot of programmers get that way. It’s from spending hours in isolation every day.” That’s not entirely true. Most of my work actually involves talking to people and mentoring new hires these days. But as an introverted child, you become drawn to things that make sense to you, that accept you regardless of what you’re like. In my case, it was television (or more generally speaking, fiction) and Internet.
A big part of software development is investigation and detective work. For example, many of my days are spent debugging a small piece of a larger system, and I have a specific set of tools and skills that I use. Some of it is procedural and tedious, but the most important parts involve hunches and pivots in perception of the problem. As you gain more experience, you more easily make connections to previous issues you’ve worked on, and your hunches become increasingly accurate. I see a lot of this in fiction involving criminal investigations.
It makes the 7-year-old in me feel giddy that I’m doing detective stuff in a way.
(Source: dijamants, via septembriseur)
3:26 am • 17 February 2014 • 1,471 notes
[There is a] general principle of internet language these days that the more overwhelmed with emotions you are, the less sensical your sentence structure gets, which I’ve described elsewhere as “stylized verbal incoherence mirroring emotional incoherence” and which leads us to expressions like “feels,” “I can’t even/I’ve lost the ability to can,” and “because reasons.”
Contrast this with first-generation internet language, demonstrated by LOLcat or 1337speak, and in general characterized by abbreviations containing numbers and single letters, often in caps (C U L8R), smilies containing noses, and words containing deliberate misspellings.
We’ve now moved on: broadly speaking, second-generation internet language plays with grammar instead of spelling. If you’re a doomsayer, the innovative syntax is one more thing to throw up your hands about, but compared to a decade or two ago, the spelling has gotten shockingly conventional.
In this sense, doge really is the next generation of LOLcat, in terms of a pet-based snapshot of a certain era in internet language. We’ve kept the idea that animals speak like an exaggerated version of an internet-savvy human, but as our definitions of what it means to be a human on the internet have changed, so too have the voices that we give our animals. Wow.
A Linguist Explains the Grammar of Doge. Wow.
This is my favourite part, if I do say so myself. See also the summary doge macro. (via allthingslinguistic)
12:27 am • 16 February 2014 • 14,187 notes
What You Learn About Tech From Watching All 456 Law & Order Episodes
20 pounds of DVDs, 319 hours of tape, 11,000 screenshots: how the ultimate binge-watching project documented the invisible culture of computing.
11:39 pm • 14 February 2014 • 17 notes