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Facebook Status Provides Clue For Social Popularity

Facebook has released a highly comprehensive study on the status messages posted on the social networking platform and delves into the relation between users' status messages, their age and the number of friends they have.

For the analysis, a team of Facebook engineers gathered one million status messages and after removing the identifiable information, ran it through the computers to categorise them in the 68 different groups outlined by Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count dictionary.

In a blog post, the company explained that status messages belonging to older people were longer, were about 'other people' including the members of their own families and were gramatically more complex.

However, status messages belonging to younger people contained 'I' pronouns, contained a higher frequency of swear words and negative emotions.

Meanwhile, people who had larger friend counts used more second person pronouns, were less emotional, used longer lines to express themselves and posted details about music and sports.

"More "popular" people also talk less about their families, are less emotional overall, use fewer past tense and present tense verbs and words related to time," Facebook noted.