Do you still have time to sleep ?

June 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Last week, @3wen (Ewen) helped me to write nice R functions to extract tweets in R and build datasets containing a lot of information. I've tried a couple of time on my own. Once on tweet contents, but it was not convincing and once on the activit... [Read more...]

Doodling With a Conversation, or Retweet, Data Sketch Around LAK12

May 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

How can we represent conversations between a small sample of users, such as the email or SMS converstations between James Murdoch’s political lobbiest and a Government minister’s special adviser (Leveson inquiry evidence), or the pattern of retweet activity around a couple of heavily retweeted individuals using a particular ... [Read more...]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Twitter

April 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

In honor of Twitter making the decision to come to Detroit, here’s a special post on how I became a Twitter user. … At 3:30pm my wife called me. There was a shooting where my brother-in-law works at UPMC Western... [Read more...]

Do we appreciate sunbathing in Spring ?

March 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

We are currently experiencing an extremely hot month in Montréal (and more generally in North America). Looking at people having a beer, and starting the first barbecue of the year, I was wondering: if we asked people if global warming was a good ... [Read more...]

Analyzing Twitter Data in R – Part 1

February 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

I recently began using the TwitteR package in R to examine my tweeting patterns. One of my first projects was to identify each of my Twitter followers, where they were located, how many tweets they had, and then plot their location on a map using a bubble which was related ... [Read more...]

What is the Potential Audience Size for a Hashtag Community?

February 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

What’s the potential audience size around a Twitter hashtag? Way back when, in the early days of webs stats, reported figures tended to centre around the notion of hits, the number of calls made to a server via website activity. I forget the details, but the metric was presumably ... [Read more...]

Visual Summary of #jan25 Twitter Activity

January 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

  Last year, I covered a number of the so-called “Twitter protests” in China (#cn220), Iran (#25bahman), and Algeria (#fev12).  Since these protests began in January 2011, the Arab Spring has claimed many members of both ruling and revolting groups … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Social Media Interest Maps of Newsnight and BBCQT Twitterers

January 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

I grabbed independent samples of 1500 recent users of the #newsnight and #bbcqt hashtags within a minute or two of each other about half an hour ago. Here’s who’s followed by 25 or more of the recent hashtaggers in each case. Can you distinguish the programmes each audience interest projection ... [Read more...]

An R function to map your Twitter Followers

December 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

I wrote a little function to make a personalized map of who follows you or who you follow on Twitter. The idea for this function was inspired by some plots I discussed in a previous post. I also found a lot of really useful code over at flowing data he... [Read more...]

I Work For The Internet !

December 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

UPDATE: code and figure updated at 1150 am CST.The site I WORK FOR THE INTERNET is collecting pictures and first names (last name initials only) to show collective support against SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act).  Please stop by their site and a...
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Getting Started With Twitter Analysis in R

November 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

Earlier today, I saw a post vis the aggregating R-Bloggers service a post on Using Text Mining to Find Out What @RDataMining Tweets are About. The post provides a walktrhough of how to grab tweets into an R session using the twitteR library, and then do some text mining on ... [Read more...]
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