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Viber Messages during the 2014 World Cup

Note: This post has got nothing to do with stocks.

The 2014 World Cup is over, and I now have some extra time to reflect on some of the interesting conversations I had with friends during the season. In particular, I belong to a Viber group chat together with six (6) other people— my high-school classmates. I enjoyed our conversations most, if not all, of the time. It’s super vibrant that sometimes I’d wake up to 700++ unread messages! Yes, messages were streaming in 24/7— since we all practically live in different timezones.

Anyway, I was just wondering how many messages were actually exchanged throughout the season— from the time we started the chat group (to specifically discuss the World Cup, and other stuff as well– reminiscing high-school life and the likes) to the end of the 2014 World Cup [By the way, the Viber group chat is still alive and kicking!]

So, here’s what I found. From 14 June 2014, 14:42:22 to 16 July 2014, 05:36:56, seven (7) people managed to exchange a total of 26,859 text messages over Viber! The temporal dynamics is shown below.




Oh, yeah, we were rooting for different teams: Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Brasil, USA/England, and France. Of course, I was rooting for Team Germany. 🙂 Anyway, most of the conversations happened from 12mn-7am (UTC+08:00) when the games were being streamed live.

I was also curious to know how long most of the messages were. The plot (semi-log scale) shows the distribution of the message lengths. Most of the texts contain just a word— based on a word cloud I generated, these are the hahaha‘s and the lol‘s, and the yes‘s and the no‘s.



Finally, I wanted to know who sent the most texts to the group. All I can say is that, that first Person P1 is definitely not me. xo



P.S. Data analysis was done in Python.


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