Social Listening as Poetry: A Tribute to Maya Angelou

Social Listening as Poetry: A Tribute to Maya Angelou

Leslie Nuccio
28 May 2014

A Crowdsourced Poem to Maya Angelou | Social Listening as Poetry

Social listening as poetry: the Maya Angelou word cloud

 

Maya Angelou died today, leaving behind a legacy of musings and writings that have moved generations of writers, civil rights activists, and anyone else open to hearing what she had to say.  This writer has access to a social listening tool that measures the chatter happening on social media channels and, after looking at the word cloud (above), I realized that the words themselves were a fitting, poetic tribute to a woman who said a lot worth hearing in her 86 years.

And so I exported a volume report of word mentions and, with a few creative punctuation additions, created a crowdsourced poem that is a reflection of the legacy that Maya Angelou has left the world, as mentioned by the people who mourn her loss.  As follows are the words that those people are using to talk about her, in descending order of volume:

ANGELOU

maya angelou
poet
phenomenal
phenomenal woman
activist

bird, caged bird
dr. maya angelou
caged bird sings
soul, inspiration
bowed wisdom
poem
age 86

phenomenally legendary woman

poetry, curl, lips stride, smile, hair
legendary author

bees, honey bees
angelou, dead

courage
hive
knees
breasts
dust
teeth
swing
dance
waist
artist
arch
moons
rainbow
slave
palm
shout
swarm
ancestors

gloom