Kottke outlines the premise:

Twitter is fast becoming the real-time zeitgeist of the web hive mind. (Sorry, I don't know what that means either.) Anyway, I've been playing around with Twist, which tracks trends on Twitter and graphs the results. Two of the most interesting trends I've found are:

drunk, hangover - The drunk talk spikes on Friday and Saturday nights, followed by hangover talk on the following mornings. There's a similar correlation on Facebook.

monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday, sunday - This one is really interesting. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday get many more mentions than the three other days of the week, which shows the importance of the weekend in contemporary society. Wednesday is the low point, which turns the graph into a representation of hump day, only inverted.

O.K, so here are some that I tried: Breakfast vs. Lunch vs. Dinner

Dinner starts out strong, gets overtaken by lunch as the week goes on, then resurges. Breakfast starts out strong at the start of the week then later dwindles away in mentions on Twitter.

Coffee vs. Tea

Big spikes for coffee breaks while the tea drinkers sip, sip, sip.

Obama vs. McCain

Liberal Internet bias.

Guns vs. Bible

I have no idea what it means.

NYT vs. WSJ

No comment.

Plane vs. Train

Staying on the ground.

Mac vs. PC

Twitter is full of Mac fanboys.

Yes vs. No

Why so negative, Twitter?

Peace vs. War

All we are saying...

Love vs. Money

A heartwarming result. There's hope for us yet.

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AuthorPatrick LaForge
CategoriesSocial Media