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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Washington: A new study conducted by a team that includes an Indian American researcher found that using hashtags is a practice which enables messages to reach more people. They tend to be more formal and also drop the use of emoticons and abbreviations.

hashtagBut when Twitter users use the @ symbol to address smaller audiences, they are more likely to use non-standard words such as “nah”, “cuz”, and “smh” said the team from Georgia Institute of Technology.

They also found when people write to someone from the same city, they are even more likely to use non-standard language – often language that is specific to that geographical area.

“Since social media facilitates conversations between people all over the world, we were curious why we still see such a remarkable degree of geographical differentiation in online language,” explained lead researcher Jacob Eisenstein, assistant professor in Georgia Tech’s school of interactive computing.

The findings show that the most geographically differentiated language is more likely to be used in messages that will reach only a local audience, and therefore, will be less likely to spread to other locations.

For this, Eisenstein’s team sifted through three years of tweets that included 114 million geotagged messages from 2.77 million users.

“People want to show their regional identity or their tech savviness, using Twitter-specific terms, to their close social network ties,” added Umashanthi Pavalanathan, Georgia Tech graduate research scientist.

This research shows that for many people on Twitter, non-standard English is not a question of ability, but of reserving standard English for the right social situations.

“In this sense, heavy social media users have an especially nuanced understanding of language, since they maintain multiple linguistic systems. They know to use each system when it’s socially appropriate,” the authors noted in a paper appeared in the journal American Speech.

(with inputs from IANS)

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Facebook Unveils Messenger App For MacOS, Windows

Moreover, you do not need to know someone's email or phone number since all your Facebook friends have Messenger

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Moreover, you do not need to know someone's email or phone number since all your Facebook friends have Messenger. VOA

Facebook on Thursday launched a Messenger app for MacOS and Windows so one can video chat on their desktop and stay connected with friends and family all over the world.

The advantage of having the Messenger app on desktop is that it allows one to make group video calls on a larger screen.

And what is more, the chats sync across mobile and desktop so you will never miss a call or a message no matter what device you are using.

“Over the past month, we saw more than a 100 per cent increase in people using their desktop browser for audio and video calling on Messenger,” Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook’s VP of Messenger, said in a blog post.

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Facebook on Thursday launched a Messenger app for MacOS and Windows so one can video chat on their desktop and stay connected with friends and family all over the world. Pixabay

Moreover, you do not need to know someone’s email or phone number since all your Facebook friends have Messenger.

“We hope the Messenger desktop app will make it a little bit easier for people to stay in touch with friends and loved ones during this time,” Chudnovsky said.

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The app can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store or Mac App Store. (IANS)