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Do you tweet like a fourth grader?
New York, July 10, 2014
First Published: 10:28 IST(10/7/2014)
Last Updated: 10:31 IST(10/7/2014)

Did you ever try to figure out how smart or dumb your tweet is? Well, according to a new test method for the micro-blogging site, 33 % of people tweet at a fourth grade reading level.

The tweet test was carried out by Time magazine using a reading comprehension survey known as Simple Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG).

It found that while teenage sensation Justin Bieber tweets like a fifth grader, US President Barack Obama tweets like a seventh grader!

Time magazine analysed one million public tweets and found that most tweets require no more than a fourth grade education to comprehend.

"Although a tweet's limit of 140 characters makes it difficult to compose a message at a higher reading level. But not impossible. This test did pick up a handful of 12th-grade tweets," the report added.

Tweets were downloaded with the Twitter application programming interface (API) and run through a version of the SMOG test written for JavaScript.

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