Sometimes we just want to get a simple overview of the types of things people are saying. In the case of our SoundCloud analysis, we want to know what people are saying about each other’s tracks.
We’ve made use of http://www.wordle.net/ word clouds to get an overview: what words are people typically using in comments on SoundCloud? Are they positive? descriptive? critical? irrelevant?
This word cloud shows the most commonly used words (once like ‘the’, ‘and’ etc are removed). The size of the word relates to how often the word appeared in a comment on a user’s track. We can see in full technicolour the generally positive nature of the comments. Words like ‘great’, ‘like’, ‘nice’, ‘good’ and ‘love’ all appear very prominently.
This cloud does only show individual words, not phrases, so in places it can be a bit misleading. This means we have needed to do more sophisticated analysis as well, which we’ll report separately. For example, the word ‘shit’ in the word cloud could mean negative comments, but mostly we see it in the comments as ‘good shit’ or something similarly positive. Taking this as a starting point, though, what we have is a snapshot of the typical words being used in SoundCloud comments.