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McMaster Researchers Compare US and Canadian Tweets

Twitter Word Cloud

PhD Candidates Daniel Schmidtke and Bryor Snefjella in the Department of Linguistics and Languages analyzed over 3-million tweets from the popular social media platform Twitter. They compared word usage between Canadian and American Twitter users, removing words such as ‘the’ and ‘to’, and then putting the rest of the collection together into word clouds.

The differences between Canada and the US are dramatic. Canadians appear more upbeat using positive words such as ‘great’, ‘amazing’ and ‘beautiful while the words used by our American cousins appear less positive.

The full results can be viewed on the researcher’s website: http://geotwit.mcmaster.ca/usca

Read more about the story from the McMaster Daily News article: “Canadians more upbeat than US neighbours, at least on Twitter”