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Study points to Albany self-loathing

A graphic posted on Facebook Thursday morning.

A graphic posted on Facebook Thursday morning.

ALBANY, Ga. — Using a sophisticated ranking system analyzing a bank of more than 10,000 words, a new study delves into Twitter use, ranking cities based on the words its residents tweet to determine the “happiest” and “saddest” in the country.

Napa, Calif. was the “happiest” city on the list, based on words that researchers deemed to be positive or happy. Beaumont, Texas, was the “saddest,” based on tweets containing words deemed to be negative.

Albany cracked the list as the No. 2 saddest city with the nearest other city, Dothan, Ala., coming in at No. 15.

Speaking to U.S. Today, Beaumont, Texas, officials naturally disagreed with the survey saying that judging an entire city’s happiness based on twitter alone is far from fair, given that, on average, only 15 percent of a city’s population is on twitter with that mostly limited to younger generations.

“Overall, only a small share of society is tweeting, therefore we disagree with the findings of this study, as it is not a true representation of Beaumont,” said Dean Conwell, executive director of the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau, in an e-mail published by U.S. Today. “We invite everyone to visit Beaumont and experience all the happiness we have to share, including our #unicorns, #kittens, and #rainbows.”

Similarly, people in Albany have informally launched a positivity campaign, with the Albany Downtown Manager’s Office posting a smiley face graphic on Facebook Thursday with the hashtags #albanyGA, #dtownAlbanyGA, #happy and #smile.

It’s a part of a pro-Albany and pro-Southwest Georgia push under way by local political and business groups.

Downtown Manager Aaron Blair said Thursday that the city has plenty of issues and life in Albany isn’t easy, but that he’s observed that people who have lived outside of Albany before moving here, often have a different perspective.

“I think there is some validity to some of the complaints, but I also think that it’s a perception thing,” Blair said. “Outsiders who have been around the country and moved here sometimes see things a little differently than people who have lived here all of there lives; I guess its sometimes easier to see the brighter side like the low cost of living and other benefits of rural living.”

Before the study was released Wednesday, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Cynthia George told the audience at the 103rd annual Chamber banquet that people must focus on talking up Albany’s advantages rather than harping on its challenges.

“We have to be optimistic about our community. We must talk up our community. We are absolutely the best advertisement for our town,” she told the crowd.

Commenters to both The Herald’s website and Facebook page weren’t so optimistic. Most of the comments focused on crime issues, what some pointed out as a lack of leadership in government and education.

“I can believe it. It’s depressing here,” one poster commented.

“This should be a LOUD and CLEAR message to our School Board and Commissioners. Even though I agree that a whole city should not be judged by Tweets, the survey does reflect a specific section’s mood of the community,” poster B4IT commented at Albanyherald.com

“For the entire community to feel good, it takes much more than just positive statements on the Internet and in the newspaper for what are some of the positives in the area. The issue is for the elected leaders to take prompt action when the community has been telling them for several years there are problems (e.g. voting issues and poor leadership on the School Board and in the School Administration, lack of leadership to address budget issues by the City and County Commissioners, racial statements by City Commissioner Postell and nothing is said about it by the mayor). Fortunately, the School Board has finally taken some action, but it took the State to get involved for them to do it.”

In terms of states, Hawaii topped the list of happiest states with Georgia ranked 47th.

Comments

TRUTH101 1 year, 1 month ago

If they used the blogs on this site Albany would be the saddest by far.........

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VSU 1 year, 1 month ago

With so much negative stuff happening in Albany, school system a mess, crime out of control, there is no reason for this city to be happy. You want positive blogs, you have to have a positive city. Having a poor school system, and robbing and assaulting people everyday is not going to get the job done.

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bigbob 1 year, 1 month ago

I bet most people in Albany are mad they didn't win.lol

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 1 month ago

I would be happy too if I lived in Hawaii

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B4it 1 year, 1 month ago

This should be a LOUD and CLEAR message to our School Board and Commissioners. Even though I agree that a whole city should not be judged by Tweets, the survey does reflect a specific section's mood of the community.

For the entire community to feel good, it takes much more than just positive statements on the Internet and in the news paper for what are some of the positives in the area. The issue is for the elected leaders to take prompt action when the community has been telling them for several years there are problems (e.g. voting issues and poor leadership on the School Board and in the School Administration, lack of leadership to address budget issues by the City and County Commissioners, racial statements by City Commissioner Postell and nothing is said about it by the mayor). Fortunately, the School Board has finally taken some action, but it took the State to get involved for them to do it.

These events lead to a negative perception of the community, and a feeling of hopelessness (similar to what we are experiencing with the current Obama administration).

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gotanyfacts 1 year, 1 month ago

Meaningless study and a waste of news space. Only two logical conclusions can be drawn with any certainty.There is not enough meaningful work for researchers to carry out and the media is not interested in more meaningful reporting.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 1 month ago

Aw, come on. After that judicial thrashing of 9 to Zip we need a little levity. LOL.

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mr_nobody 1 year, 1 month ago

If this is the same study I read about yesterday, one of the main factors was the amount of profanity in public tweets that had the location tagged to it. Aren't we also #2 in music piracy in the country also? Coincidence?

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Bulldawg 1 year, 1 month ago

I am not suprised by the findings in the least.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 1 month ago

I just got this tweet:!#@xx. "People are p----d off in Albany because there are good reasons to be p----d off." I removed some obvious letters. Now I don't necessarily agree with the tweeter. But it is timely so I send it along. Oh happy day! Admiringly yours, FT

NOTE: I have a box full of WIN buttons from Pres. Ford's big strategy to control runaway inflation. Remember, "just write to me at the WH and I'll send you a Whip Inflation Now - WIN button and wear it proudly. When inflation sees how many people are wearing WIN buttons it will get scared and retreat." And that's how it's done. I hear the Twilight Zone theme somewhere in the background. No. NO. NO.

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RedEric 1 year, 1 month ago

Actually I see it as a positive in that people here are not going to put up with business as usual. Complaints, in our case is that we do not accept an "Elite". Everyone will play be the same rules. I honestly believe restoration of our republic can be done peacefully.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 1 month ago

I agree. A free press and educated public is the only way democracy works.

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WTFwtf 1 year, 1 month ago

The worlds a big place. Move somewhere anywhere and i guarantee youll like it better than albany. I call on all albanians to broaden yer horizons for once. The alternative: keep fighting the civil war on a daily basis.

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VSU 1 year, 1 month ago

Welcome to Albany...The Sad Life City.

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Doberman 1 year, 1 month ago

Hahahahah, that's a good one!

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boog 1 year, 1 month ago

.....according to Twitter Albany is #2..... If the powers that be had thrown in the comment section of The Herald there is no doubt we'd be #1 in a runaway....

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FryarTuk 1 year, 1 month ago

You know it occurs to me the Herald works both sides of the street on this self loathing issue. First they report all the reality news about the pit bull, PPHS, murders, DCSS, mayhem, auto taxes and the folks get worked up justifiably. So we began to snort and paw and bellow and whine and moan. Well, then Fuzz Face comes in and spanks everybody for being the "anti-tax" yahoos and now you guys start a silver lining column. So you guys gonna have cash registers on both sides of the street when it's your fault for starting all this mess. (LOL)

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geason3 1 year, 1 month ago

Don't trust them! I live in Albany!!!! It is that sad!!!! We have nothing here!!! Crime is extremely high!!!! The city is extremely poor!!!! The people are extremely high(drug rate is outrageous)!!!! The school system is extremely High(COMPLETELY RETARDED except for Darton college) !!! The kids are always high(again drugs like meth, cocaine, weed,etc.but mostly cocaine and meth) !!!! And the town has nothing to offer young people at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Trust me it is that sad!!!! We have one theater, all the stores are out of business, we have one place to hang out (Fun Park), and that's all. Also everyone is extremely racists against each other. You have a small minority of young people who don't see race and they leave town because of it.

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waltspecht 1 year, 1 month ago

If you aren't happy here, I understand Detroit and New York and Los Angeles all have areas available with with lots of Rats, Mice, Thieves, Robbers, Rapists, Loan Sharks, Druggies and things a lot worse than Albany Georgia ever imagined. Albany may not be perfect, but it is better than some of the other places I have been. I can remember when a toilet was called a slip (yes I deliberately spelled it that way instead of the way we used to) trench that housed some 55 gallon drums cut off. There was a daily sanitation by fire. Then there were the European bars that had an open 6 inch sewer line out back and a hose to wash down the floor when you were done. The Hotels where you had to feed coins into a coal stovee if you wanted to stay warm in your room. Some of the worst tenent Housing we have and have had here was a mansion compared to some places in South-east Asia and Africa. Come to think of it there are places in Brazil and Mexico that fit that description.

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iko 1 year, 1 month ago

We should send them Judy Bowles. That will wreck their rankings.

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