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Twitter introduces fast and data-friendly ‘Twitter Lite’ in India with Vodafone as its first global launch partner

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New Delhi, April 6, 2017: Twitter on Thursday introduced fast, data-friendly ‘Twitter Lite’ in India with Vodafone as its first global launch partner.

‘Twitter Lite’ is a new mobile web experience optimised for speed with up to 30 per cent faster launch times, reduces data usage up to 70 per cent with data saver mode turned on and takes up less than 1MB on mobile devices.

“With ‘Twitter Lite’, we’re excited to give our existing Indian users a better overall Twitter experience, as well as reach many more Indians outside of the main metros who can now try Twitter as their best way to see what’s happening in the world right now,” said Maya Hari, Managing Director, Twitter Asia Pacific, in a statement.

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As the first global launch partner for Twitter Lite, Vodafone is providing a customised timeline of top cricket-related Tweets available via Twitter Lite to the telco’s smartphone customers throughout the T20 season.

Vodafone subscribers may receive an SMS alert with a link to the special curated timeline on ‘Twitter Lite’ where users can get live updates on the T20 cricket season.

“Even when you temporarily lose connectivity, ‘Twitter Lite’ will offer offline support so you will never be interrupted while reviewing the latest cricket match updates in the specially curated Twitter timeline,” the company said. (IANS)

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Are you an Avid Twitter User? Your Posts can Reveal How Lonely you are

If we are able to identify lonely individuals and intervene before the health conditions associated with the themes we found begin to unfold, we have a change

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Loneliness can be a slow killer, as some of the medical problems associated with it can take decades to manifest. Pixabay

Researchers have found that users who tweet on loneliness are much more likely to write about mental well-being issues and things like struggles with relationships, substance use and insomnia on Twitter.

By applying linguistic analytic models to tweets, researchers were able to gain an insight into the topics and themes that could be associated with loneliness.

“Loneliness can be a slow killer, as some of the medical problems associated with it can take decades to manifest,” said the study’s lead author Sharath Chandra Guntuku, from University of Pennsylvania in the US.

“If we are able to identify lonely individuals and intervene before the health conditions associated with the themes we found begin to unfold, we have a change to help those much earlier in their lives. This could be very powerful and have long-lasting effects on public health,” Guntuku said.

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By applying linguistic analytic models to tweets, researchers were able to gain an insight into the topics and themes that could be associated with loneliness. Pixabay

By determining typical themes and linguistic markers posted to social media that are associated with people who are lonely, the team has uncovered some of the ingredients necessary to construct a ‘loneliness’ prediction system.

As part of the study, published in the journal BMJ, researchers analysed public accounts from users based in Pennsylvania and found that 6,202 accounts used words such as ‘lonely’ or ‘alone’ more than five times between 2012 and 2016.

Comparing the entire Twitter timelines of these users to a matched group who did not have such language included their posts, the researchers showed that ‘lonely’ users tweeted nearly twice as much and were much more likely to do so at night.

When the tweets were analysed via several different linguistic analytic models, the users who posted about loneliness had an extremely high association with anger, depression and anxiety, when compared to the ‘non-lonely’ group.

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Additionally, the lonely groups were significantly associated with tweeting about struggles with relationships (for example, using phrases like ‘want somebody’ or ‘no one to’) and substance use (‘smoke,’ ‘weed,’ and ‘drunk’)

“On Twitter, we found lonely users expressing a need for social support, and it appears that the use of expletives and the expression of anger is a sign of that being unfulfilled,” Guntuku said.

Users in the group that didn’t post about loneliness seemed to display some social connections, as they were found to be more likely to engage in conversations, especially by including others’ user names (using ‘@twitter_handle’) in their tweets.

In the future, the researchers hope to develop a better measure of the different dimensions of loneliness that online users are feeling and expressing. (IANS)