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.

Alan Meban. Normally to be found blogging over at Alan in Belfast where you’ll find an irregular set of postings, weaving an intricate pattern around a diverse set of subjects. Comment on cinema, books, technology and the occasional rant about life. On Slugger, the posts will mainly be about political events and processes. Tweets as @alaninbelfast.

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