There are new uses for social media and it has nothing to do with being social. What if your social interactions on public media sites were captured, collected and shared with city government officials, state officials, or other governing agencies? Would you post comments differently?
That is exactly what the city of New Haven, CT is doing. It is the first city in the nation to take part in a study by Yale Researchers called: The Digital Life of a City. This Human Ecosystems study captures emotions from citizens of New Haven by gathering real-time public conversations occurring on social networks. These interactions can be deciphered in 29 different languages and then are visually represented on a map of New Haven. Posts from public social media sites are collected and categorized into various emotions such as joy, love, sadness, and hate.