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When you tweet--even if you tweet under a pseudonym--how much do you reveal about yourself? More than you realize, argues a new paper from researchers at the Mitre Corporation . The paper, "Discriminating Gender on Twitter ," which is being presented this week at the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing in Scotland, demonstrates that machines can often figure out a person's gender on Twitter just by reading their tweets. And such knowledge is power: the findings could be useful to advertisers and others. To conduct their research, the Mitre folks--John Burger, John Henderson, George Kim, and Guido Zarrella--first had to assemble a corpus of Twitter users whose gender they were confident of. Since Twitter doesn't demand that users specify gender, they narrowed their focus to Twitter users who had linked to major blog sites in which they had filled out that information.
Anonymous tweeters may have just become a little less anonymous. Researchers have put together an algorithm that can predict the gender of a tweeter based solely on the 140 characters they choose to tweet. Of course, determining the gender of an Internet personality has its monetary benefits for Twitter. "Marketing is one of the major motivators here, adding that he had heard talk that Twitter was internally working on similar demographically identifying algorithms internally," linguist Delip Rao told Fast Company 's David Zax. But it could also help identify phonies misrepresenting themselves.
The Internet is an international place. You can be in India on one page and Brazil the next. However, translation can be costly for small content publishers.
With more than 82 million people texting regularly, it's no wonder you've seen this cryptic looking code! Commonly used wherever people get online -- including IMing , SMSing , cell phones , Blackberries , PDAs , Web sites , games , newsgroup postings , in chat rooms , on blogs -- these abbreviations are used by people to communicate with each other. The actual definition of an acronym and text shorthand is here. Note: "C" and "S" are used interchangeably for "See" --and-- "U" and "Y" are used interchangeably for "You"
When you're typing with your thumbs, you need to save your effort by communicating with as few letters as possible, so users created text message symbols as a sort of short hand to make texting easier and faster. Most symbols make sense, and have become a mainstay in texting language. Common Text Message Symbols There are a few different ways the unique language of text messaging is created. Some text message symbols abbreviate words by leaving out vowels or replacing several letters with a single letter that has the same sound.
By: Vangie Beal Last Updated: 12-04-2012 , Posted: 02-26-2010 1,375 online chat and text message abbreviations indexed! If you've ever received a text message or online chat message that you don't understand, this Webopedia Quick Reference list of text abbreviations will help you translate the chat lingo. With the popularity and rise in real-time text-based communications, such as Facebook , Twitter , instant messaging , e-mail , Internet and online gaming services, chat rooms , discussion boards and mobile phone text messaging ( SMS ), came the emergence of a new text language tailored to the immediacy and compactness of these new communication media.
If you’ve been tweeting for awhile, you’ve probably noticed hashtags, a word or combination of words with the pound sign (#) in front of it. But what do they mean? How do they work? Most importantly, how can you use them without looking like a complete Twitter newbie? Here’s the lowdown on using Hashtags effectively in your tweets.
Websites translating teens' texts are an educational tool for parents There's a huge disconnect between parents and kids, expert says To demystify way teens communicate, parents urged to keep eye on texts, messages (CNN) -- Do you know what this means: %*@:-( ? Or this: ~~#ZZZZZZ ? If the answers are no, you're not a teenager who uses alcohol or drugs. 'Boy am I old' Six years ago, Ryan Jones didn't know what the above terms meant either -- but that was before he became an expert in the shorthand teens use to communicate about their illicit activities.
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CSC--common short code