Twitter “Exhaust” Reveals Patterns of Unemployment | MIT Technology Review

December 1, 2014

Social media fingerprints of unemployment, from detecting network components in tweet mining +

Lots of press for an arxiv paper, viz:
Twitter “Exhaust” Reveals Patterns of Unemployment | MIT Technology Review


So the team analysed the rate at which messages were exchanged between regions using a standard community detection algorithm. This revealed 340 independent areas of economic activity, which largely coincide with other measures of geographic and economic distribution. “This result shows that the mobility detected from geolocated tweets and the communities obtained are a good description of economical areas,” they say.

Finally, they looked at the unemployment figures in each of these regions and then mined their database for correlations with twitter activity.