Who Will Win American Idol 2015?

Who Will Win American Idol 2015?

Introduction

American Idol 2015 has reached the Final 12, which means its time for our annual American Idol Forecast! From now until the final performance, we will be posting here our prediction of who will get voted off. Predictions will usually be posted at 10 AM (Eastern Time) the day the results will be announced.

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Will Twitter hit 300M Users? Our data has the answers!

Will Twitter hit 300M Users? Our data has the answers!

Introduction

In the previous quarter ending September 30, 2014, Twitter revealed that they had 284M users[1]. This led many to speculate that Twitter could reach 300M active users as early as the next quarter ending December 31, 2014[2]. This became an especially important target when Instagram announced December 10, 2014, that their Social Network had reached 300M active users[3], making it effectively larger than Twitter. Twitter is expected to report its next quarterly earnings on February 5, 2015 when we will know for sure. In anticipation of the quarterly announcement, I have analyzed data from Twitter over the past year to measure what their quarterly MAU will be.

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Using ‘Google Trends’ for Research? It’s Time To See What Social Media Can Do

Using ‘Google Trends’ for Research? It’s Time To See What Social Media Can Do

iPhone Trends

Google Trends[1] has become an accepted tool for academic research[2][3]. A researcher can enter a keyword, such as “iPhone”, and see the search volume for that keyword over time, normalized by the total search volume. Similar social media tools, like Topsy[4], report the number of tweets mentioning the keyword over time, without normalizing. These raw counts – or impressions – are great for advertisers and marketers. But how do raw counts (not normalized counts) fare for serious research?

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Footnotes    (↵ returns to text)
  1. http://www.google.com/trends/
  2. Preis, Tobias, Helen Susannah Moat, H. Eugene Stanley, and Steven R. Bishop. “Quantifying the advantage of looking forward.” Scientific reports 2 (2012).
  3. Preis, Tobias, Helen Susannah Moat, and H. Eugene Stanley. “Quantifying trading behavior in financial markets using Google Trends.” Scientific reports 3 (2013).
  4. http://topsy.com
The Politics of Tweeting: What Hashtag Use Says About Your Values and Nationality

The Politics of Tweeting: What Hashtag Use Says About Your Values and Nationality

Introduction

While I was reading tweets about elections for the U.S. Senate and for the Ontario provincial government in Canada, it struck me how political speech was different between the United States and Canada. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but it seemed to me that Canadian political speech was more toned down than its American counterpart. With over five million tweets coming out of these elections, I set out to analyze just how political speech on Twitter is different –not just from everyday tweets, but across political parties between Canada and the U.S.

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When Funny Trumps the Facts: How U.S. Twitter Users are Learning about Ebola

When Funny Trumps the Facts: How U.S. Twitter Users are Learning about Ebola

Ebola Comes to the United States

On Sept. 30, 2014 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States. Thomas Eric Duncan, of Dallas, Texas, was confirmed to have the Ebola virus. He had been exposed to the virus while in Liberia, after taking a sick neighbour to the hospital. Mr. Duncan died on Oct. 8. Since the initial news of his infection, interest in Ebola has exploded throughout the United States. From Google search trends to Twitter conversations, Americans have become eager for any information about the spread of the disease and what to do to protect themselves from this deadly virus.

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