Twitter language use reveals your age - but only up to age 30

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Twitter language use reveals your age – but only up to age 30 Apr 18, 2013

According to a Dutch study written up in New Scientist (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/16/science/language-on-twitter-saturns-ring-rain-and-more.html?src=recpb&_r=0) and mentioned in a New York Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/16/science/language-on-twitter-saturns-ring-rain-and-more.html?src=recpb&_r=0), a software program is better than humans at guessing the ages of tweeters between 17 and 30 – but not after that. The younger group uses shorter, more colloquial language, as well as more frequent capitalisation and chat slang acronyms and emoticons. More mature tweeters tend towards longer messages, with longer words, links and hashtags.

So, some of the stereotypes as to more self-involved, enthusiastic youth and older well-wishing conventional professionals hold true. And what good is such a program? According to the New York Times article, it …”“could also be used to improve targeting of advertisements and to support fine-grained analysis of trends on the Web.”


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