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Public Opinion of London Underground ahead of Olympics

Public opinion of London Underground

I was interested to look into the negative public perception of the London Underground associated specifically with the 2012 Olympics.

So, I wrote the following boolean query and restricted it to Tweets written just in 2012:

((olympics OR paralympics) AND (london OR 2012) AND (underground OR LU OR tfl OR LUL OR “public transport”)) AND (cope OR struggle OR disaster OR horrible OR horrendous OR painful OR crammed OR overcrowded OR overcrowding OR busy OR rammed OR fail OR failure OR “signal failure” OR congestion OR crushed)

The results:

(I’ve removed a lot of Tweets at this point because they’re largely just RTs of @ajhmurray- and a lot of them!)

I’ve stopped it there (less than half way through my full search yield) but you get the idea.

It is worth adding that the search was deliberately written to find people who are unhappy about the tube to highlight their concerns. The next time I have a positive experience on the tube, I’ll compose a similar post.