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  • Tweets helped team predict ‘American Idol’ winner

    The Boston Globe - 05/29/2012

    When Phillip Phillips won “American Idol” last Wednesday night, a team of researchers from Northeastern University was not surprised. The scientists had risen early that morning to analyze about 100,000 messages posted overnight on the social network Twitter and made the prediction that despite his competitor’s greater worldwide support, the eligible population — residents of the United States — would vote Phillips to victory.