Posted by: CarolAnn | June 18, 2009

More than Twitter Tools: Twitter Psychoanalysis? Yep, it’s TweetPsych!

At first glance, TweetPsych isn’t all about bells and whistles, but it does offer twitter users a unique impression into their subconscious psychology — rather, the underlying mindset of the tweets and the tweeter.

According to TweetPsych’s Website (and creator Dan Zarrella), the free online psychoanalysis program facilitates two linguistic analysis algorithms: RID and LIWC. RID is “Regressive Imagery Dictionary,” and it’s a method that Zarrella’s TweetPsych employs to measure three content categories including conceptual, emotional, and primordial. LIWC is the other method, which is the acronym for “Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count.” This is also an instrument of measure to determine cognitive and emotional elements based on terms used by the tweeter.

Is it all hype? I tried TweetPsych* and discovered some revealing characteristics about myself. (*It’s easy to use, too – so go ahead and enter your twitter username to discover who you really are!) If you look at the print screen below, you’ll see that my cognitive tweets are quite diverse. If one were to psychoanalyze this graph, I imagine the broader perspective could be formulated: Musically inclined, CarolAnnB is a sexually-enlightened individual, who offers insight with certainty through positive affirmations and spirituality.


Look at the second graph (print screen below) of my TweetPsych analysis. From this chart, you can determine your primordial, conceptual and emotional tweets. According to this, I am highly tuned into, or stimulated by audio sensations. In other words, I tie emotions and/or mental experiences tightly with sounds or music — which interestingly enough is quite accurate.


Kudos to Zarrella for having the creative genius to extract the personality types of individuals through such a simple but unique psychoanalysis based on personal conversations. However, the one question that’s burning in my mind is: What is the actual bar range for scores? I understand the higher the score, the greater the inclination; but what sets one score higher than others, or vice versa?

Of course you can learn more about Zarrella’s TweetPsych by reading his blog, Psychological Profiling Via Twitter.

TweetPsych Review by CarolAnnB – Social Media Sorceress



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