‘God Was Here’ Uses Social Analytics to Track God in Real Time


God has filled 226 coffee mugs today and He’s not done yet. A team of creatives based in Chicago has built a website to track God’s every move through mentions of His holy name.

God Was Here illustrates just how often we use phrases like OMG (444 times today) and “thank God” in our everyday speech, as we seem to thank our maker for everything from Fridays to Starbucks.

The site aggregates the data in real-time from Twitter and Instagram and visualizes the results.  Using God Was Here, you can follow God as He helps students pass their tests, single people find love, and tech-lovers purchase new smartphones.

You can also track God by location on a map of the U.S. (He’s currently spending a lot of time in Texas) or read what others are saying about Him on the “God-o-meter.”

As of the time of this post, God’s biggest fan is @kayemendez18, who ends every Tweet with “God Bless!”

God isn’t all miracles and rainbows, though. Many social media users have taken His name in vain over debt, commercials, and people they don’t like.

How many of these people are actually religious? A study published in 2011 by Pew Research showed that 9 percent of religiously active Americans used Twitter, compared with the 10 percent who were not involved with religious groups.  (The religious views of Instagram users were not part of that study.)

This means that the chances of the Tweets coming from a non-religious person over a religious person are about the same, although it would depend on which group was the most vocal.

The moral of the story, if there is one at all, is that whether or not you believe God is listening to your prayers on Twitter and Instagram, someone is definitely reading what you have to say to Him. Just ask the people whose job it is to analyze public posts for mentions of their companies or other things.

While you’re thanking God for this site, also give a shout-out to the people who built it in their spare time: Kevin Lynch, Andrei Chahine, Ryan Stotts, Katie Ablan, Kyle Tezak, and Francis Almeda on the creative side; and Danny Lee, Jack Marchetti, and Dan Corken, who worked on production and development.

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