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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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Median message length, in characters, by latitude.Partitioning the tweets into 20 latitude bins of about 105 tweets and 104 users each does not show any North-South division, however, the similarity of the Midlands and Southern Scotland becomes more prominent. Changing the number of bins does not result in drastic qualitative changes.
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pone.0122278.g003: Median message length, in characters, by latitude.Partitioning the tweets into 20 latitude bins of about 105 tweets and 104 users each does not show any North-South division, however, the similarity of the Midlands and Southern Scotland becomes more prominent. Changing the number of bins does not result in drastic qualitative changes.

Mentions: Grouping the tweets by latitude (Fig. 3) further emphasises that those posted from the Midlands are shorter than those from the rest of UK. The characteristic shorter tweets from Scotland, which made it similar to the Midlands, turn out to be valid only for Southern Scotland.


Quantifying regional differences in the length of Twitter messages.

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

Median message length, in characters, by latitude.Partitioning the tweets into 20 latitude bins of about 105 tweets and 104 users each does not show any North-South division, however, the similarity of the Midlands and Southern Scotland becomes more prominent. Changing the number of bins does not result in drastic qualitative changes.
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pone.0122278.g003: Median message length, in characters, by latitude.Partitioning the tweets into 20 latitude bins of about 105 tweets and 104 users each does not show any North-South division, however, the similarity of the Midlands and Southern Scotland becomes more prominent. Changing the number of bins does not result in drastic qualitative changes.
Mentions: Grouping the tweets by latitude (Fig. 3) further emphasises that those posted from the Midlands are shorter than those from the rest of UK. The characteristic shorter tweets from Scotland, which made it similar to the Midlands, turn out to be valid only for Southern Scotland.

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.