Graphing online mood & the new online campaigntrail.ie

One concept and one website. It’s been a while since we’ve had a graph on Slugger …

James Eggers is a 16 year old student from Dublin who exhibited at the recent BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. By combining a set of different toolkits, he analysed 4 million tweets originating from the island of Ireland between 21 September and 14 December and tagged them as positive, negative or neutral.

By using the location information in people’s Twitter profiles, he was able to map the mood onto counties (producing the animation above) as well as graphing the average mood swing across a week, comparing difference between east and west coast tweeters, and showing the peculiarities in tweeting mood on the December budget day. Check out James’ website for more details.

There’s also a new political blog on the block – campaigntrail.ie. With the winds of political change blowing through Irish politics, it’s a good time to start a site. Backed by Southern News Network it’s promising a fresh approach:

Campaigntrail.ie is not a talking shop for political anoraks; it is aimed squarely at the ordinary voter and will provide a unique forum for voters and constituents to raise their concerns with their representatives.

Though some political anoraks will be writing on the site: it’ll be carrying “regular columns written by respected journalists”!

h/t Damian Mulley’s Fluffy links for Monday January 24th 2011.

  • Drumlins Rock

    hey, aint Fermanagh grumpy!

  • Ceist

    Leitrim and Longford seem to be quite a contented bunch in an otherwise disgruntled world.

    Still wouldn’t want to live there like

  • Greenflag

    Fascinating . Young James may have ‘invented ‘ a new tool for political analysis and forecasting voter intentions .

    I agree with DR above that Fermanagh seems constantly negative -must be those dreary steeples and Turgon’s lambasting of the eh ‘east coast liberal unionists ‘ . Tyrone , Armagh are well up there in the red zone and at one point the entire north south centre line from Donegal down to Waterford went ‘red ‘ I wonder what day that was ?
    Offaly (Biffo’s seat) is not up to the Fermanagh ‘red’ standard but rates higher than most -.

    Dublin, Antrim, Down and Cork seem to be the most positive or neutral -I did’nt see any go red

    @Ceist – has the thought struck you that ‘tweet’ may not have yet reached Leitrim or Longford ?

    If James could bring up the data to show how many days each county went red during the period and then ranked them on that basis then I’m sure some political scientist out there could look at the data and relate such data to the upcoming Dail and NI Assembly elections and see if there is any correlation between the red , green and beige counties and actual election results in terms of voter turnout , party seats won or lost . etc

    Pre election Tweet Analysis as another tool to the Polls as a way to keep politicians , anoraks , and results soothsayers up to the mark ?

    Congrats again to young James on his fascinating project.

  • JEggers

    @Ceist, I unfortunately did not receive enough tweets from either Leitrim or Longford and so just made them stay a neutral colour.

  • JEggers

    @Greenflag, thanks so much! Linking the data to Politics would be very interesting, an idea for the future!

  • joeCanuck

    James,
    I agree with Greenflag. Awesome idea with much potential.

  • JEggers

    @joeCanuck it has a lot of potential! thanks btw 🙂

  • Greenflag

    @ James ,

    If you are still out there -heres a link to a science program with up to date info on politics being affected by twitter, facebook, the internet etc

    http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201101283

    Jillian York from Harvard talks about the Tunisian and now Egyptian unrest and the role of social media in the activation and organisation of protest .

    And on that point I wonder what role ‘twitter/facebook/e-mail etc etc will have in getting our normally younger non voters to vote or not to vote or who to vote for in this coming election Feb 25th .