Finding the Twitter psychopath ratio
New research looks for links
The accidental psychological foibles of celebrities and colleagues are entertaining by-products of social media. Now a new study aims to nail a link between various psychopathic behaviours and tweeting.
A "small group of expert volunteers, called The Online Privacy Foundation, has used Kaggle, an Australian crowdsourcing and data mining platform, to assist in the research.
The Twitter Big 5 Experiment, is a follow up research conducted last year on Facebook usage, which revealed statistical links between an individual’s personality type and his Facebook activity.
The Foundation says the intention of the research is to separate fact from fiction and examine what can be predicted by social media use and how this information might be used, for good or bad.
The Twitter research involved an open online competition for the development of the best predictive algorithms, using a data set of three million Tweets and the personality profiles of 3,000 volunteer Tweeters.
The anonymous data included information including retweet frequency, tweeting frequency, ratio of friends to followers, number of celeb accounts followed and the answers to a “Big 5” questionnaire which measures Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Emotional Stability. The survey also looks for traces of Psychopathy, Narcissism and Machiavellianism.
The 46-day competition started on May 15 and closed on June 29. More than 1000 entries were submitted and the participant with the most accurate solution will get a $1000 prize. Results have yet to be posted. ®
I already assumed anyone with a twitter account already had at very least a mild form of Narcissistic Personality Disorder...
I'm a sample of one ...
... but I can't tell you how many times people have become offended because I don't use modern so-called "social" media ... and when I point out that "We are talking face to face already, or over the 'phone already, why do I need to twit you, too?", some folks get really bent out of shape.
It's a mass psychosis, and really, really funny. In a sad kind of way. To me, anyway.
 I was an early user of the UNIX[tm] "talk", I've been using email since it was available in the Bay Area, I was a user of IRC and Usenet from the time of their availability. Back then, it was computer nerds talking to computer nerds ... and I'm here to tell you, as a survivor of the C/C++ and vi/EMACS (Mac/PC, etc.) wars on Usenet, us college educated nerds can generate a boat-load of complete nonsense. Why on EARTH would anyone with half a brain want TheGreatUnwashed's personal minutia to disturb them on a regular basis? My mind absolutely boggles at the very idea ... More to the point, how many hours of the World's Corporate billable time are frittered away on this crap? Gut feeling is hundreds of billions dollars. THERE is your recession, people. You're wasting time at work, playing with your toys.
The Online Privacy Foundation go datamining. Satire is dead.