Citizen-based Science: Decoding Our Twitter Chatter

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By Robert Lee Hotz, Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2011

When Virginia’s magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit last August, the first Twitter reports sent from people at the epicenter began almost instantly at 1:51 p.m.—and reached New York about 40 seconds ahead of the quake’s first shock waves, according to calculations by the social media company SocialFlow. The flood of messages peaked at 5,500 tweets a second. …Never have scientists had so much readily accessible, real-time data about what people say.  … As Twitter’s message traffic has grown explosively, so has the scientific appetite for the insights the data can yield.

via Decoding Our Twitter Chatter – WSJ.com.

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