Twitter Word Association

March 2nd, 2009

This is what people on Twitter think when they hear the word ‘science’:

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7 Responses to “Twitter Word Association”

  1. Joe on March 2, 2009 6:17 pm

    That is pretty interesting. I think it’s kinda cheating that people think of ‘science’ when asked about ‘science’ but some of the others are (maybe) telling?

    I find most interesting are, ‘immediate’ and ‘reaction’.

    Isn’t science supposed to be slow and methodical, unaffected by outside sources? 🙂

  2. Smorg on March 2, 2009 6:47 pm

    Fascinating… ‘truth’ and ‘truthless’ I can imagine… But, really, where do ‘tire’ and ‘swarmed’ come in? ;oP

    On a saner note, though, I’m surprised that ‘doubt’ doesn’t show up on the list… nor do ‘experiment’, ‘experimentation’, or ‘demonstration’. What have those high school science teachers been doing!?!

  3. psilotum on March 2, 2009 8:20 pm

    It should really read, “Kiki’s followers on Twitter.” and the words “immediate” and “reaction” were in the question, if I recall correctly. Like it or not, some of those first thoughts are going to mirror the question.

  4. furicle on March 3, 2009 11:39 am

    Am I a weirdo – my association was ‘logic’

    Neat site. Thanks.

  5. Bh on March 6, 2009 3:49 pm

    Okay, on this site I guess it’s fair to assume some context and science-positive mind-set, and maybe this was a TED-ish thing? Still, it’s interesting that they _could_ have though,

    “I do not love science” or

    “I was blinded by Bill Nye for no reason” or

    “They * eyes rolling * love science .” (Too much MadLibs in earlier life)

    Context remains important. Was it Americans, who when asked to comment on slyly disguised core concepts taken from their (cherished!) Constitution, they were vehemently opposed such egregious proposals?

    Shifting focus, I bet there were some interesting replies among the zillions. Any inexpensive way to float them up? Wonder what warped results we’d get from an “outsourced” exercise on that.

    Oh, and thanks to pointing me to that “tag” site.

  6. Javier on March 9, 2009 1:00 pm

    I can’t believe the word “method” (or “methodology”) isn’t in there. That’s what pops into my mind.

  7. Naomi Most on March 12, 2009 11:26 pm

    More accurately: this is what people on Twitter filter out of their brains and edit for public consumption when they think about science.

    But I’m happy because I see “yay”, “excited”, “fun”, “cool”, “interesting”, “works”, and “reason”.

    And, of course, “blinded”, as in “she blinded me with ~”. “thomas” “dolby” would be proud.


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