When Phillip Phillips won “Amer­ican Idol” last Wednesday night, a team of researchers from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity was not sur­prised. The sci­en­tists had risen early that morning to ana­lyze about 100,000 mes­sages posted overnight on the social net­work Twitter and made the pre­dic­tion that despite his competitor’s greater world­wide sup­port, the eli­gible pop­u­la­tion — res­i­dents of the United States — would vote Phillips to victory.

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