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Meet at Mr. Hooper’s, it’s Time to #OccupySesameStreet!

Whether you think Occupy (insert city, destination, school here) is serious, important, impactful (insert adjective here) or not, the internet always has its own views on such events. After the #OccupyWallStreet movement sprang up across the country, it finally reached its ultimate destination: Sesame Street. Like most other things on the internet, it all started with a tweet: “Urgent phone call to roommates #occupysesamestreet.” Soon after, comedians blew up their own twitter accounts with messages like “Why isn’t Reporter Kermit covering this? #occupysesamestreet.” and “Truly outrageous that 99% of the cookies are consumed by 1% of the monsters on PBS. #OccupySesameStreet.” Take a side of humor with your heaping liberal dinner and be comforted by the thought that all of the Muppets are on your side.

You can read the best of the #OccupySesameStreet tweets here and the next time you march on your city, don’t forget that some muppets are living in trash cans.  #OCCUPYSESAMESTREET

Posted by Amiee

\This is Not Meant to Be Funny\

To all my fellow m.blog readers and contributors: brace yourselves, for there exists a tool that will aid us in our daily extractions of bold sarcasm and extreme wit.

Behold…

…the splendor that is sartalics, the sarcasm font.  No, I’m not talking about italics. Italics are meant for emphasis. Sartalics (get it?) are simply reverse italics used for sarcasm. The font’s creators are trying to reach a goal of 10,000 people to lobby the internet’s most influential individuals by tweeting pleas to implore this sarcastic script. In the meantime, we can use a backslash (\insert sarcastic text here\) to signify a cynical tone.

All in favor of sartalics can “sign the petition,” meaning, authorize your Twitter account so that when the campaign reaches 10,000 people tweets will automatically be released to top internet executives at companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and YouTube insisting on using sartalics to express all the feeling that sarcasm normally conveys.  It’s about f&*^ing time (not sarcastic, just important).

In case you’re still confused, the website explains that, “When you type what you really mean, it’s in italics and it leans to the right. Sometime in the near future, when you type the opposite of what you mean, it’ll be in sartalics and lean to the left.”

\As if we needed more sarcasm on this blog\.

Posted by Basia

If Your Fridge Could Tweet, What Would it Say About You?

Well you’re about to find out…

The masterminds over at Samsung have come out with a fridge that
(among other things) Tweets, plays Pandora radio, and keeps you on
schedule with Google Calendar.

Samsung says that this will make it easier for families to leave
messages for each other.  How sweet.  Call me old-fashioned, but I’ll
stick with the Post-its and Sharpees.  Hell, I’d take a chisel and
slab of rock before I dropped $3000 on a refrigerator.  The only thing
I want from my refrigerator is cold food, and that’s that.

Posted by Courtney

Research in 140 Characters or Less

I read an article in the New York Times Magazine the other day about the analysis of content from social media websites (such as Twitter and Facebook) for predictions of everything from box office success, to changes in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

By examining Tweets, and classifying them as falling into six mood categories (happiness, kindness, alertness, sureness, vitality, and calmness), Johan Bollen and his research team at Indiana University were able to predict changes in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.  Pretty intriguing stuff right?  But how credible can this really be?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to argue the correlation found between the two.  What I’m questioning is the credibility of the source of information.  Having majored in Psychology in college, I know a thing or two about reliable sources and data, and at no point in time did any of my professors mention Tweets.

There are more than a handful of things that sound fishy about this, but let’s just focus on the simple fact of classifying Tweets into emotional categories.  For example, let’s decode and classify this Tweet:

Sometimes I think I’m the only person in the world who hates musicals, but don’t worry guys, I hate them enough for all of us. 6:42 PM Dec 15th via HTC Peep

I would classify this Tweet as: alert, sure, vital, and calm.  Did you come up with the same classifications?  Maybe; but probably not.  That’s because interpreting someone’s emotions is about as subjective and biased as it gets.  (By the way, that’s my own Tweet, and as the author, I don’t even know that those emotional categorizations are correct/appropriate).

Additionally, if people are Tweeting happy Tweets because they’ve got some extra dough to spend (because let’s be honest, that brightens anyone’s day) aren’t these Tweets telling us information we would have known anyway from the strength of the market?

The details of the study weren’t divulged in the blurb from NYTM, so perhaps these things were somehow accounted for, but lets just say I’m not quite ready to throw the T-Distribution charts out the window.

Posted by Courtney