Researchers Device Feedback App for Twitter

Ah Twitter. Whether you love it or hate it, there’s simply no denying the fact that people are nuts about it. Indeed, with the advent of this social networking and microblogging site, it seems that some folks just can’t help but share what’s happening to them. From tweets ranging from the very mundane such as, “Zach is getting a Diet Coke today. Awesome,” to the more special such as, “Will you marry me @Christie,” Twitter has taken the Internet world by storm.

If you’re a self-confessed ‘tweetaholic,’ have you ever wondered what and how people think and feel about your tweets? That question is precisely what drove a band of researchers from MIT, Georgia Tech and the University of Southampton to create an online study/app they call “Who Gives a Tweet?” which is designed to provide Twitter members with feedback on their tweets. The feedback app even gives information on the tweets that people are likely to enjoy.

According to co-founder Michael Bernstein, a researcher from MIT, even though tweets on Twitter are typically dismissed by mainstream media as useless, self-centered and vain, these mean a lot to the users.

He points out that there’s really no way of telling how people think of the tweets on their feeds. Do they value news, links, opinions, or the everyday comments on just about anything and everything? Which tweets are likely to cause angry reactions among followers? More importantly, how does a complete stranger view your feed, compared to someone who knows you?

These are just some of the questions that played around Bernstein and his fellow researchers’ minds.

From the looks of it, “Who Gives a Tweet?” may or may not be a game-changer in the Twitter-verse. It certainly has plenty of possibilities as far as social media marketing is concerned. Go ahead and check it out by clicking the link below.


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