I’m fresh back from CHI2010. Unlike our friends from the EU who were left stranded in Atlanta (and surviving off the good graces of GVU faculty, students and staff. Several trapped students received some extra travel assistance from SIGCHI…if you’re not a SIGCHI member, you should join). On the Sunday, there was a great workshop on microblogging where I had a great conversation with many people, one of whom was Michael Bernstein. We began to wonder, yes there’s 140 character limit, but how many characters do people actually type? Since I happened to have about 1.5 million tweets on hand and a little bit of R knowledge I did a quick investigation at the coffee break.
This is really not the distribution either of us expected. Clearly the bulk of tweets are around 40 characters long. But it’s really curious to see the large set of tweets that are verbose. More so, the exactly 140 count is high. I’d imagine the >135 character spike results from people trimming down verbose tweets to fit into the post size limit.
Are your a tweeter that walks the line or are your tweets short and concise? I wonder if Naaman’s meformers tweet a different distribution when compared to the informers.