Two Chicago-area sports journalists gathered the tweets directed at them and asked men to read them to their faces. The result went viral.
With 500 million users and 500 tweets a day, the social networking site Twitter has changed the way we communicate. It also changes the way we write.
This year alone there were more than 100 Twitter-based studies. One study found that tweets often use words and spellings that are consistent with — and unique to — the user’s region, reflecting local accents and terminology.
Jacob Eistenstein, who was one of the researchers, says the team is continuing its research to find out how new words, terms and acronyms move between cities.