Haha Research

The brief was to visualize hidden information that people don’t usually see from Facebook. We firstly explore data from Facebook, trying to look for some interesting patterns. Then, we make clear and simple info-graph to convey the story we discovered.

This project visualizes the meaning of “haha”s people used with their friends. The number of “haha”s that people use in Facebook message was counted. The numbers of lines that contains a “ha” inside was also counter separately. These data become meaningful when they are placed on friendship duration axis. There is a pattern that the longer we have met a friend, the less “haha”s would be used. While during the period we just make a new friend, we use a lot of “haha”s in Facebook message conversation.

From the pattern I discovered, it is reasonable to assume that people use more “haha”s while they first meet a friend to avoid awkward conversation blanks. While for old friends, our haha quality raises, where haha quality could be calculated by dividing the number of “haha”s in a line tha has a “ha” inside.

I found interesting relationship between haha quality and friendship duration. Therefore the resulting info-graphs I made in this course are based on this finding. One uses old fashion comic style visualization, and the other one uses ironically research graphic format. What is also worth noticing is that the context conversations around a haha happening are also very different among new friends and old friends.

* Detailed algorithm is described as follows. Since there are different kinds of laughter people might use, also laughter texts are different among different languages, “ha”(English), “he”(English), “ja”(Spain), “哈”(Chinese), “嘻”(Chinese) and “嘿” (Chinese) will be counted as once, “haha”, “hehe”, “jaja”, “哈哈”, “嘻嘻”and “嘿嘿” will be counted as twice. As for “hahahahahhhhahaha” will be counted as the weight of five, since it’s a bunch of randomly ordered characters composed by h and a, while “哈哈哈哈哈哈哈哈” will be counted as eight times since it is easily countable.