October 4, 2013Published by: Charlie Gregory

What does the media think of Twitter? [GRAPHIC]

What does the media really think of Twitter? Twitter's in all the headlines today, so we just thought we would do some work on something that caught our eye in the wake of the company filing for a $1bn IPO.

Quartz has posted a piece on the "complete history of Twitter as told through tortured descriptions of it in the New York Times". In this piece, Quartz researched and listed - extensively - every time the social network had been effectively "@'ed" by the newspaper throughout its seven-year history.

Most of us online know how word clouds work - those words that are bigger are ones that have been used the most often, and vice versa. So we put together all the statements in the Quartz post, and made the below graphic.

Twitter NYT Descriptions

Good old Larry bird.

As you can see, the five biggest words are - in usage order - "service", "users", "social", "short" and "site". So, it's a short social service site for its users.

And we think that pretty much covers it. Thank you Quartz for doing some great investigative work to find all the mentions of our favourite social network in the first place.

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