@Barackobama is very arrogantPosted: April 11, 2011
Twitter as research material
The rogue actor Charlie Sheen is energetic, analytical by nature, arrogant and a little depressed. This is not very surprising. What is surprising is that he is a lot like Barack Obama. Who also scores high on energy, arrogance, analysis and depression. On the site analyzewords.com you can discover the characteristic traits of these men on the basis of what they (or their press officers) twitter.
If you look at Britney Spears’ twitter account you can see that she is depressed and scores high on the ‘Valley Girl’ scale, stereotype of rich, hedonistic, American West Coast Girls. The British tabloid The Sun is energetic, angry and socially Concerned; The New York Times scores lower than average on all the characteristics. It seems like a gimmick, but the site is based on many years of serious research. The American James Pennebaker, a psychologist at the University of Texas, found that you can discover the characteristics of someone based on what they write. Phrases like “life treats me great”, or “destroy everyone” don’t matter as much as the frequency of little words like ‘I’ and ‘you’, the number of syllables in a word, the length of sentences, words referring to the here and now or the particularly to the past.
Source: http://www.nrcnext.nl, March 29, 2011