New study uses Twitter to track when we are happy
Researchers at Cornell University have published a study in which they used Twitter to track mood patterns. The study used messages from more than 2 million people spanning across 84 countries.
The study found that mood peaks in the morning, taper gradually in the late afternoon, and rise once more at night. The study showed that “our moods are driven in part by a shared underlying biological rhythm that transcends culture and environment.”
NASA invites lucky followers to view launches in person
NASA has started inviting its Twitter followers to attend launches, known as Tweetups. NASA will be accepting applications for its next Tweetup from October 5 at noon to October 7 at noon. The 150 winners will be selected randomly.
The winners will get to spend two days visiting the Kennedy Space Center, meeting NASA scientists and engineers and socializing with fellow space and social media enthusiasts. They will also get front-row seats for the launch of Curiosity, the latest Mars rover, on November 25 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Sean Parker joins Twitter
Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and former president of Facebook, gave in and joined Twitter yesterday. In his first (and as of now only) tweet, he apologizes to Mark Zuckerberg for crossing over to the dark side, so to speak.
His account is already verified and has already gained over 23,000 followers. It’s been speculated that his joining Twitter is part of a bigger plan, developing more of a social media presence to promote a product launch.
He is reportedly working on a blog, and is working on a new live video startup called Airtime.