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What Your Words Say About You

I read an interesting psychology research review today: What Your Tweets Say About You – The New Yorker. It isn’t actually about Twitter, which is just one source of language these researchers look at.

Analyze WordsResearch psychologists have created software called Analyze Words. It quickly provides an analysis of language samples. The version in the article looks at a recent sample of Tweets. I was curious, so I entered my two Twitter accounts. You can see the reports to the left.

In my more older, more popular account (@gregmercer1), I’ve often indulged in lots of politics. American politics these days involves lots of anger and worry, right? Not surprisingly, the report to the left shows lots of anger and worry, as well as lots of social connection with a worrisome arrogant/distant flavor. This one got me thinking: maybe it’s time for a change!  Honestly, “Angry Distant Guy” isn’t what I strive for in life. Live and learn.


Analyze Words brcnOn my newer account (@bigredcarpetnsg), I avoid politics and focus on nursing and mental health. Look at the analysis: it’s like I’m a different person! Upbeat, otherwise pretty average. Still a bit distant. Overall, it’s striking just how different topic choices create such disparate personas. It’s also striking that my angry side usually attracts far more attention…

I have no idea what might come of such research, but it shows promise as a source of social feedback. It certainly gave me food for thought!

You can try it too: click on the link above, or here: Analyze Words. I’d love to see your results!


Also, what do you think of this sort of thing? I have mixed feelings: it’s like – IS – getting social coaching from a machine, creepy but also intriguing. I’m conflicted! How about you?


About Big Red Carpet Nurse (1750 Articles)
Along with other stuff I enjoy that pays the bills (a plus!), I'm a budding nurse comic. I plan, like fake Opthomologist Rand Paul, to create my own professional organization solely so it will grant me a Doctorate. In my case, the org will be something like the AANC (American Association of Nurse Comics), and it will (trust me on this point) agree to make me the first ever DNC: Doctor of Nurse Comedy. I'll keep you posted!

28 Comments on What Your Words Say About You

  1. Interesting but clearly not scientific.

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  2. A big assumption is that the titles of posts that are passed via tweets denotes the feelings of the tweeter, or rather, no differentiation was made between links and non-link thoughts. I take care to not promote fear on my blog. It’s one of my goals to keep people from fearing during these last stages of Transformation, riddance of the Cabal. My tweets scored very highly “Worried”, “Arrogant/Distant”, Thinking style is mostly “Sensory”. I’m not worried. It may seem distant since all I ever do is send links. Sensory, possibly.

    Conclusion: Interesting, but meaningless. Needs categorization, more forethought.


  3. For real? Tweets flicked off in the moment, to promote a post, or someone else, or to share a concern or info, are used to analyse personality. Seems more than a little simplistic, not to mention, Big Brotherish, to me.
    Surely, the results only show how an individual relates to Twitter and tweeting.

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    • Quite possibly. The more simplistic, though, the less Big Brother worry, yes? Interesting in any case, and it’s important to know what’s going on in the world – Greg

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    • In theory it’s about statistically extracting meaning from your automatic word choices. Who knows? I have found that our language, how we come across, how we think, can be shaped to some extent by our choice of medium. In person we mostly use nonverbal cues. On Twitter, all we have for that are crude emojis and punctuation tricks. Not surprisingly, misunderstandings and anger are far more common that way. As for this research, who knows. It does have an above average dose of creepy.

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  4. Hello Greg,
    thx for sharing this link. Very interesting tool. For my account most values were low or average.


  5. I just read the descriptions… does anyone else thinks it’s funny that “don’t reference yourself much” is considered under “arrogant” ? 🙂 That earns a spacey-valley-girl LOLOLOL!!!!!


  6. I wonder how it figures for people retweeting articles/videos etc., rather than their own words?

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  7. When I first saw I was high in the “Arrogant/Distant” category for my feed (@regwysocki) I bristled. But when I read the description of the category, it was me! Very eye opening, thanks for sharing.

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  8. The only one that stood out in mine was “plugged in” at 81. What does plugged in mean?? Everything else was low or average.

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  9. I wouldn’t classify it as social coaching, instead, I would simply iterate that it is an analysis of your mood at any given tweet. And it’s not rocket science to see when a person rants on a site as to whether they are passionate and have verbalised their frustration or anger or are on an even keel in their arguments or opinions. They, or in this case, you, are entitled to air your grievances. I do however agree with you that it is intriguing. The concern is whether potential employers will utilise apps like that in the hiring process and that can be of concern as people’s views can change with a blink of an eye and their reputation should not be questioned, damaged or tarnished over social tweets. Big brother is indeed alive and out there!
    Love all the ‘food for thought’ posts you put up! 👍

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