Thursday, November 14, 2013

Analysis: Hollie Strano is excited on Twitter! (updated)

Posted By on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Hollie Strano, the most enthusiastic tweeter in northeast Ohio (click to go to her page)
  • Hollie Strano, the most enthusiastic tweeter in northeast Ohio (click to go to her page)

(update): Hollie Strano is a good sport:

For the record, that's 95 exclamation marks, which is almost certainly a new record.


(original story, 4:15 p.m. on 11/13/2013): I wish I were excited about anything as much as WKYC meteorologist and morning show host Hollie Strano is excited about Tweeting.

For people who follow @holliesmiles on twitter (or simply follow @wkyc and see her retweeted) you may have noticed her enthusiasm on the social networking site with exclamation marks sprinkled throughout nearly all of her 140-characters-or-fewer posts (and often coupled with question where she excitedly and inquisitively asks her followers or viewers to chime in on topics that are presumably mentioned on the show).

I decided to see if I could analyze her Twitter-excitement and put it into real, tangible numbers. It's important work, really. My goal: to find out how often she uses exclamation marks in tweets. My sample size: her last 100 posts, including direct replies, but excluding posts she retweeted by other users, her posts that are simply automatic reposts from her facebook (that get cut off once it hits the character limit) and tweets that only contain links.

The results: by my count, for her 100 most recent eligible tweets at the time of this publication, she used 225 exclamation marks for an average of 2.25 per tweet. Those 100 posts go back only to midway through yesterday's morning show; she's a big-time tweeter. Here's the breakdown of my numbers:

-32 posts contained 2 exclamation marks.
-31 posts contained 1 exclamation mark.
-18 posts contained 3 exclamation marks.
-8 posts contained 4 exclamation marks.
-6 posts contained no exclamation marks.
-And there were one post each containing 5, 7, 8, 11, and 13 exclamation marks.

With 13 exclamation marks, her most excited tweet of the past 100 was a reply to someone who responded to this question she asked: "Good morning! A high school in Vermont is canceling all dances because of twerking! Do you think this is right?"

And for the six she didn't use any exclamation marks, five of them had enthusiastic emoticons and/or a variation of "xoxo." I found only one eligible tweet with no exclamation mark, emoticon, or "xoxo." Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Hollie Strano's least enthusiastic tweet:

To get a better sense of her tweets, here are a handful from today:

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