Twitter test: Do you tweet like a fourth grader?

Jul 09 2014, 17:31 IST
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Twitter test relied upon a commonly used reading comprehension survey known as Simple Measure of Gobbledygook. (Reuters) Twitter test relied upon a commonly used reading comprehension survey known as Simple Measure of Gobbledygook. (Reuters)
SummaryThe Twitter test found that Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga tweet at fifth grade level, while Barack Obama...

US President Barack Obama isn't smarter than a seventh grader - on Twitter, at least!

Around 33 per cent of tweets are at a fourth grade reading level, according to a new tool that tells how smart or dumb your posts are on the micro-blogging site.

The test found that teen sensation Justin Bieber and pop star Lady Gaga tweet at fifth grade level, while Obama tweets like a seventh grader.

According to TIME magazine's analysis of one million public tweets, 33 per cent of tweets test at a fourth grade reading level.

The Twitter test relied upon a commonly used reading comprehension survey known as Simple Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG) to assess the complexity of messages sent on the micro-blogging site.

"Gobbledygook" is a word of three or more syllables.

The results show that most tweets require no more than a fourth grade education to comprehend.

"Although a tweet's limit of 140 characters makes it difficult to compose a message at a higher reading level. But not impossible. This test did pick up a handful of 12th-grade tweets," the report said.

Tweets were downloaded with the Twitter application programming interface (API) and run through a version of the SMOG test written for JavaScript.

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