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Last night I turned my sentiment analysis tool on two hashtags: #bcfc and #avfc, the most widely used tags to refer to Birmingham City and Aston Villa during their League Cup quarter final game. It was a chance to see if visualising to ‘competing’ tags around the same event would be a useful exercise.
Caveats that would apply to this:
- Some people use the tags instead of team names, meaning that they might be used by people supporting the other team (or no team at all)â€”most fans, though seem to tag with just the hashtagÂ representingÂ their team.
- Some tweeters use bothâ€”these tweets could be removed technically, but make no difference to the comparative scores.
- If there’s a subject that uses more slang or metaphor than football, it’s not often discussed on Twitter.
There was a generally a downward trendÂ throughoutÂ the match, tension? Bad football? It could have been both. The first two goals seemed to have a much bigger impact than the thirdâ€”this I don’t quite understand, but it seems to be more about the tweets themselves than the tool.
I could see how a special subject-set of emotion words could be created for football, which could cope with more nuanced or unusual words. It’s something to consider.
The obligatory Wordle: