Is Twitter Bad For Language? Statistical Analysis Says No (NEW BOOK)

September 10, 2014 1:11 PM

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Is Twitter Bad For Language? Statistical Analysis Says No (NEW BOOK)

The following is an excerpt from Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One’s Looking by Christian Rudder. Rudder is a co-founder of OkCupid, and the operator of OkTrends, a blog that analyzes data culled from the site. The below essay analyzes whether Twitter's word count restriction is shrinking our vocabulary.

When you want to learn about how people write, their unpolished, unguarded words are the best place to start, and we have reams of them. There will be more words written on Twitter in the next two years than contained in all books ever printed. It’s the epitome of the new communication: short and in...

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