Twitter Users Form Tribes, Create New Languages

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Twitter Users Form Tribes, Create New Languages

  • 03/19/2013 04:09 PM EDT

According to a new study analyzing millions of tweets, Twitter users aren't simply publishing their tweets to the entire world. Rather, they are forming distinct communities, each with their own languages. Among the study's more interesting findings is that people write with "accents" on Twitter that match the way certain communities speak: 

"Interestingly, just as people have varying regional accents, we also found that communities would misspell words in different ways. The Justin Bieber fans have a habit of ending words in 'ee', as in 'pleasee'."

Similarly, by running an algorithm on vast quantities of tweets, scientists say they'd be able to predict what "tribe" a user belongs to on Twitter (in other words, his or her interests) with up to 80% accuracy.