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Watch: America's Mood, Visualized via Twitter


A group of researchers has attempted to visualize the mood of the nation over a 24-hour period using a cartogram mash-up of tweets and population data in Pulse of the Nation.

Mashable writes:

"Not only did they analyze the sentiments we collectively expressed in 300 million tweets over three years against a scholarly word list; these researchers also mashed up that data with information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Google Maps API and more. What they ended up with was a fascinating visualization showing the pulse of our nation, our very moods as they fluctuate over time. The researchers have put this information into density-preserving cartograms, maps that take the volume of tweets into account when representing the land area. In other words, in areas where there are more tweets, those spots on the map will appear larger than they do in real life."

Check out their time-lapse visualization over a 1 day period, cycled twice, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. wow, Cali was never in the red, and NY was without a doubt, the reddest state of all... Seems us NYers should all head west...

    Posted by: jim | Jul 22, 2010 10:51:22 AM

  2. What I took away from this: New York is never happy.

    Posted by: Steve D. | Jul 22, 2010 11:11:55 AM

  3. Why is middle America always unhappy?

    Posted by: Chris in Irvine | Jul 22, 2010 11:15:33 AM

  4. This is awesome!

    It seems that wherever Sun & Water meet (CA, FL) generates the better moods. It's nuts how the entire eastern half of the US becomes DEEP red (except FL and maybe some other states)...

    The West... FTW!

    Posted by: Nat | Jul 22, 2010 11:19:57 AM

  5. You mean every state except California, Chris? Because it's a thousand fucking degrees everywhere else.

    Posted by: Robert | Jul 22, 2010 11:21:02 AM


    Posted by: Turi | Jul 22, 2010 11:33:50 AM

  7. From my own experiences in various parts of the US, it does seems to me that people in certain warm weather states like California and Florida do actually enjoy life more than most New Yorkers.
    However, I think the explanation of why California never appeared red and why NY never appeared green in the video is in part cultural. New Yorkers love to complain and probably use Twitter for that purpose, and the old saying "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything" probably is adhered to less in NY than any other part of the country. In the West and South I've noticed a tendency not to acknowlege anything unpleasant (much to my annoyance as a native New Yorker). Californians, particular in the sunny south, seem to be hellbent on being cheerful and... well, sunny, and this probably is expressed in their tweets.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Jul 22, 2010 12:15:12 PM

  8. I suspect this has a lot to do with medical marijuana.

    Posted by: crispy | Jul 22, 2010 12:22:47 PM

  9. I really don't get this. The midwest was never anything other than extremely unhappy.

    Posted by: Marcus | Jul 22, 2010 12:37:15 PM

  10. @Robert

    Its a thousand degrees here in California too. We just have air conditioning. :-)

    Posted by: Robert | Jul 22, 2010 2:32:07 PM

  11. Delaware never turned red.... very surprising to me...

    Posted by: Billy | Jul 22, 2010 3:39:26 PM

  12. Without categorizing or stereotyping, I would imagine those in the midwest (typically conservative or older generations/farming types) don't often have the same technological expertise as those in newer generations and with liberal ideologies. That being said, I would imagine those who *are* tweeting are liberal minded or young conservatives (both demographics known for being pretty fervent about the environment, both political or environmental) who are pissed off for any number of reasons.

    Posted by: Nicholas | Jul 22, 2010 4:11:52 PM

  13. Delaware shows up so happy because we only discovered Twitter the day before yesterday, so we're always tweeting about what a great thing Twitter is!

    Posted by: Steve in DE | Jul 22, 2010 5:46:52 PM

  14. California is not happier. If you shifted the West coast line to the left to account for the three hour difference (note both graphs are in EST) they would nearly overlap.

    Posted by: GOD | Jul 23, 2010 1:09:22 AM

  15. huh, interesting. Levels of contentment and happiness can be gauged from tweets...Still, I don't think people who are in states that are generally "more happy" than states that aren't are as happy as they reflect in their tweets. hmmm, general levels of "happiness" always bring up even more interesting questions...

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 23, 2010 1:56:41 AM

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