Thursday, January 13, 2011

Editor's Selections: Yosemite, Twitter Dialects, and Fast Walkers

Many of the Research Blogging posts this week presented interesting views on history and development. Here are my selections for the week:
  • In 1609, when Henry Hudson sailed up the river that would later bear his name, Manhattan was a lush, verdant island--a bit different from what it is today. This image has often captivated my imagination. Eric Michael Johnson evokes a similar sense of awareness as he peels back the layers of Yosemite's identity in a guest post on Reconciliation Ecology. Eric reveals the ways the idea and encouraged image of a pristine wilderness overlooks how conservation efforts erased a large portion of the park's history from public memory, and changed the land forever.
  • Twitter has yielded some interesting data, as reported by Richard Littauer on A Replicated Typo: Tweets have linguistic markers tied to geography--and this is evident even without the obvious tell of geotagging. What this means is that we can pick out the textual equivalent of regional speech. It's exciting because it gives us another way to understand languages in the digital age.
  • Urban residents exhibit no small number of unique behaviors, and fast walking is certainly one of them. On Evolving Economics, Jason Collins reviews a few studies that attempt to explain this fast walking trend. The review weaves together an interesting mix of answers to address the complexity of communities.
I'll have new posts to share next Thursday.


    1. This is a nice trivia post. It would be great that through Twitter linguistic markers, the location of a specific person will be determined and recognizable. Somehow, I would just like to pose a question if this twitter stuff won't be taken advantage and cause a threat in one's identity? Thank you for the response as well as for sharing this post! :)

    2. I'm not sure what the purpose would be to pinpoint to such specificity. General geographic location seems sufficient for business and marketing purposes, as linguistic variations are difficult to hide. Specific locations are already shared voluntarily by members who choose to geotag posts. I don't see benefits to making such information public on a mandatory basis.