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Quantifying regional differences in the length of Twitter messages.

Alis CM, Lim MT, Moat HS, Barchiesi D, Preis T, Bishop SR - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: Previous studies of utterances in books, movies and Twitter have shown that most of these utterances, when transcribed, are much shorter than 140 characters.Furthermore, the median length of Twitter messages was found to vary across US states.We find that the median message length, depending on grouping, can differ by up to 2 characters.

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Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University College London, London, United Kingdom.

ABSTRACT
The increasing usage of social media for conversations, together with the availability of its data to researchers, provides an opportunity to study human conversations on a large scale. Twitter, which allows its users to post messages of up to a limit of 140 characters, is one such social media. Previous studies of utterances in books, movies and Twitter have shown that most of these utterances, when transcribed, are much shorter than 140 characters. Furthermore, the median length of Twitter messages was found to vary across US states. Here, we investigate whether the length of Twitter messages varies across different regions in the UK. We find that the median message length, depending on grouping, can differ by up to 2 characters.

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Message lengths, in characters, of different districts in UK.Although the median message lengths ranged from 30 to 57.5 characters, 90% are within 11 characters and 50% are within 4 characters. This homogeneity in the median message length is observed when plotted on a map of the (a) entire United Kingdom and of the (b) boroughs of Greater London. There is also no apparent grouping of districts, by latitude or otherwise.
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pone.0122278.g001: Message lengths, in characters, of different districts in UK.Although the median message lengths ranged from 30 to 57.5 characters, 90% are within 11 characters and 50% are within 4 characters. This homogeneity in the median message length is observed when plotted on a map of the (a) entire United Kingdom and of the (b) boroughs of Greater London. There is also no apparent grouping of districts, by latitude or otherwise.

Mentions: Although the median message length of conversational tweets (replies) from administrative districts in the UK ranged from 30 to 57.5 characters, 90% of the districts have median message lengths between 39 to 50 characters, and 50% are between 43 to 47 characters. Visualisation of the median message length across administrative districts in the UK does not show any obvious grouping of districts (Fig. 1a) even in Greater London (Fig. 1b). As previously observed [36, 38], the message length distributions are skewed (S1 Fig.). At least 75% of the messages in each district have a message length of at most 90 characters, which is 64% of the length limit, or 73% of the available limit after subtracting the 15-character limit of a Twitter username and one @ sign.


Quantifying regional differences in the length of Twitter messages.

Alis CM, Lim MT, Moat HS, Barchiesi D, Preis T, Bishop SR - PLoS ONE (2015)

Message lengths, in characters, of different districts in UK.Although the median message lengths ranged from 30 to 57.5 characters, 90% are within 11 characters and 50% are within 4 characters. This homogeneity in the median message length is observed when plotted on a map of the (a) entire United Kingdom and of the (b) boroughs of Greater London. There is also no apparent grouping of districts, by latitude or otherwise.
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pone.0122278.g001: Message lengths, in characters, of different districts in UK.Although the median message lengths ranged from 30 to 57.5 characters, 90% are within 11 characters and 50% are within 4 characters. This homogeneity in the median message length is observed when plotted on a map of the (a) entire United Kingdom and of the (b) boroughs of Greater London. There is also no apparent grouping of districts, by latitude or otherwise.
Mentions: Although the median message length of conversational tweets (replies) from administrative districts in the UK ranged from 30 to 57.5 characters, 90% of the districts have median message lengths between 39 to 50 characters, and 50% are between 43 to 47 characters. Visualisation of the median message length across administrative districts in the UK does not show any obvious grouping of districts (Fig. 1a) even in Greater London (Fig. 1b). As previously observed [36, 38], the message length distributions are skewed (S1 Fig.). At least 75% of the messages in each district have a message length of at most 90 characters, which is 64% of the length limit, or 73% of the available limit after subtracting the 15-character limit of a Twitter username and one @ sign.

Bottom Line: Previous studies of utterances in books, movies and Twitter have shown that most of these utterances, when transcribed, are much shorter than 140 characters.Furthermore, the median length of Twitter messages was found to vary across US states.We find that the median message length, depending on grouping, can differ by up to 2 characters.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University College London, London, United Kingdom.

ABSTRACT
The increasing usage of social media for conversations, together with the availability of its data to researchers, provides an opportunity to study human conversations on a large scale. Twitter, which allows its users to post messages of up to a limit of 140 characters, is one such social media. Previous studies of utterances in books, movies and Twitter have shown that most of these utterances, when transcribed, are much shorter than 140 characters. Furthermore, the median length of Twitter messages was found to vary across US states. Here, we investigate whether the length of Twitter messages varies across different regions in the UK. We find that the median message length, depending on grouping, can differ by up to 2 characters.

No MeSH data available.