Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html en-gb 30 Fri 11 Jul 2014 09:57:43 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html marcdraco http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=96#comment25 Don't complain here - write to the BBC complaints and then to the Trust (if they let you get that far).If enough of us raise this issue it will have to be addressed. Thu 05 Aug 2010 13:48:45 GMT+1 dukeofearl http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=92#comment24 We've had the new RIM Torch and some more bad news about Apple (PDF viruses) and not a word on the Maggie blog - is bad news about Apple and good news about competitors not worth a comment?? Thu 05 Aug 2010 09:18:06 GMT+1 marcdraco http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=88#comment23 And even MORE coverage of Twitter ALL over the BBC... this is bizarre, you'd think the BBC had shares in it. Wed 04 Aug 2010 22:47:39 GMT+1 Aidy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=84#comment22 @webbod #20> it's the techniques they used to extract the data that are interestingThat's the thing...they're not. Trust me, there have been many many many identical uses of the twitter api. Wed 04 Aug 2010 11:37:44 GMT+1 ajay http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=80#comment21 do this in england and it'll be red all the time! why are people so moody in england??? Wed 04 Aug 2010 10:45:08 GMT+1 marcdraco http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=76#comment20 Let me guess, Webbod (@20) your complaints have been met with the dubious sound of crickets. Mon 02 Aug 2010 22:06:27 GMT+1 webbod http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=73#comment19 You've missed the point of the exercise - it's the techniques they used to extract the data that are interesting, not the fact that the mood swings of a bunch of self-important micro-bloggers can be shoe-horned into a map representing the attitudes of a continent.Maggie - these blogs are getting worse, you've should consider writing for CNet or ZDNet; it's either social-fruity-loopery or apples with you - I'm done complaining to the BBC, I'm sending a link to "New Scientist". Sun 01 Aug 2010 19:49:45 GMT+1 Philly-Mom http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=69#comment18 This post has been Removed Thu 29 Jul 2010 16:02:07 GMT+1 Philly-Mom http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=65#comment17 This is hysterical! I love it!I just tuned in briefly from vacation and found this poignant and accurate. I've lived in the North East US as well as the South West US and find this altogether true. The relaxed attitudes of the SW are totally different than the go-getter punch-clock mindsets of the NE -- and the Old SE may be relaxed, but is often stubbornly up-tight. (This seems to be changing, though.)There are many MANY reasons for all of this: cultural habits, climate, industry standards, work requirements, diet/sleep paterns... blah blah blah.Suffice it to say that I love the central east coast and have settled in because it's not too slow & not too fast for my personal preference. Oh... and there's lots of camping, hiking, history & art, too. A pleasant mix of fun and work, IMHO. Thu 29 Jul 2010 15:58:38 GMT+1 gstewart75hotmailcom http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=61#comment16 This post has been Removed Wed 28 Jul 2010 20:18:25 GMT+1 gstewart75hotmailcom http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=57#comment15 Very Unique project! I liked how you showed the pictures, graphs, and charts. I found it interesting that the day most people are grumpy is Thursday not Monday. The mood chart definitely showed large increases on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in happiness while drastically decreasing to a bad mood on Thursday. On the second chart I was surprised how someone can go from being so happy one minute like at six o’ clock and then be so low and NOT happy at 12:30 or so. To see with the green and blue how the west coast and east coast can be so alike yet so different on the chart was very cool. Their moods are so different in one area but completely opposite in another. I thought it very fascinating and I never would have guessed these facts.Julia, 11 Wed 28 Jul 2010 20:08:42 GMT+1 jayshree http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=53#comment14 In your second sentence you've written that this is a collaboration between scientists from Northwestern and Harvard. It's Northeastern and Harvard, not Northwestern. Just so you know! Tue 27 Jul 2010 08:33:17 GMT+1 John_from_Hendon http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=50#comment13 #1. Fwd079 wrote:"A big hmmm..."Are you suggesting that this 'research' stinks? If so, I agree! Mon 26 Jul 2010 08:27:40 GMT+1 Aidy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=46#comment12 @AndrewMaus #12Tracking profanity will be the next bit of ground-breaking research (in case you don't know...no-one has ever done a keyword search on Twitter feeds to "gauge" something...this is all brand new and exciting) where they track the literary intelligence of people state by state :) Mon 26 Jul 2010 08:17:46 GMT+1 AndrewMaus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=42#comment11 Among all the other variables not considered, the one that stand out to me is that even within one country the same words do not have a standard use. I've noticed that in the Mid-Atlantic [NJ, PA, NY] we curse much more often than my family and friends from the West Coast. It's not that we aren't as happy as them, it's just the way we talk. So if one were to count the number of 'f-bombs' in a statement to measure misery, for example, they would greatly misjudge a Philadelphian's excitement or unabashed joy. Sun 25 Jul 2010 21:44:00 GMT+1 BluesBerry http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=38#comment10 If you want to know what kind of mood America is in, check the Twitter feeds, which of course, will tell you one rather insignificant thing: how happy twitterers are feeling....maybe. If the scientists at Northwestern University and Harvard did not perceive the limitations of their own study, I have to wonder where they received training in validation.So, twitters are happier on the west coast than the east (maybe), and happiest of all in Hawaii (maybe). Sadder on Thursday vs, Monday (maybe).Sune Lehmann, Centre for Complex Network Research at Northeastern University: "But again, we haven't anchored this data down." Well, Sune, in my opinion, don't bother. It's not worth the effort; it's not "Complex", and I can't imagine anyone who would want this data, except a Government interested in- what words to use and where to use them in order to make happy the little tweets and- assuaging mood preliminary to revolution.Studies like this do not make me happy. They are a waste of money in times of austerity, and if the Government does not perceive it this way, then it's time to get nervous about what the Government is really up to. Sun 25 Jul 2010 12:29:34 GMT+1 kary Fernandez http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=34#comment9 Does the fact that you are in a good mood impliesyou are willing to give your employee a raise? I'm sure there is more that one factor involved (good mood may not be the only one) Before reading the reactions to this I thought this is indeed a neat idea or thought, before voicing those ideas one should get the work done... a lot things are easier said than done. Sun 25 Jul 2010 03:17:43 GMT+1 marcdraco http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=30#comment8 Well, CPing, in response to that question, I'm happy to oblige. Twitter is a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. I'm sure it can accurately predict the mood of it's regular users (say 13-30 year olds); but that's a self-selected sample: not a random one.The signal/noise ratio is around 5% or less and it will be replaced, in time, by the next big thing. The BBC is in love with Twitter, of that I'm sure, but only because the people in BBC tech are typical Twitter users; blinded to the fact that most of us are not.They should all go work for a commercial station and then I won't complain. Sat 24 Jul 2010 23:24:02 GMT+1 marcdraco http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=26#comment7 A correlation does not a causation make. Now write that out 100 times Ms. Shiels and then perhaps while you're doing that, note that most of us out here in BBC land know a lot more about the world of technology than you do - and that's not a good thing. Sat 24 Jul 2010 23:17:00 GMT+1 Auqakuh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=23#comment6 Yay. An article on complete pseudoscience babble, AND it's about Twitter.Who cares? Really? This isn't even really scientific research. It's a meaningless load of twaddle. Twittertwaddle. Sat 24 Jul 2010 14:06:29 GMT+1 Visualisingdata http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=19#comment5 Great to see experimentation like this but I don't think the finished visualisation actually provides a particularly useful means for people to explore the data or draw insight. Interesting that they were inspired by the NYT superbowl interactive Twitter Chatter - I've compiled some potential alternative design approaches here:http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/2010/07/twitter-visualisation-of-happiness/ Sat 24 Jul 2010 11:14:13 GMT+1 JunkkMale http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=15#comment4 It's a story I am sure play well as editorial next to one of the ads accommodated by the new website design triumph.Not written on my iPhone as I don't have one, as presumed all do by a certain collection of media folk inside the M25 Sat 24 Jul 2010 08:18:38 GMT+1 Aidy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=11#comment3 Here's an interesting visual of the last 10 things covered in this blogSocial media (Facebook) -> Social media (general) -> phones (general) -> phones (general) -> Apple -> Apple -> Apple -> Apple -> Social media (Facebook) -> Social media (Twitter) Fri 23 Jul 2010 20:47:53 GMT+1 cping500 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=7#comment2 Will it would be a big hmmm if you hadn't looked at Theo Jones entry of the BBC Research and Development Blog about Zeitgeist where he looks at 'Twitter Sharing' patters and numbers (actuallly about music but could be about anything). So the BBC already has a sophiscated means of tracking mood , and the Trust has approved it! And its got a good name too! I hope it is patented and the BBC will make money for the the license fund. Can Mardraco is prove it is 'irrelevent'. 'Dangerous' would be more likely adjective. Fri 23 Jul 2010 16:00:26 GMT+1 marcdraco http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=3#comment1 For a fleeting moment there, I thought, wow.. a change from the usual.Then in less than 15 words: TWITTER. It's another article about the irrelevant social virus that the BBC is in love with.Enough already. Fri 23 Jul 2010 11:21:31 GMT+1 Fwd079 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/07/america_are_you_happy.html?page=0#comment0 A big hmmm... Fri 23 Jul 2010 10:53:16 GMT+1