Hey Bloggers! Let The Gender Genie Decide If Your Writing Sounds More Male Or Female

Earlier today a Tweet caught my attention, asking the question "Does your blog sound more male or female?" The tweet directed followers to the Gender Genie, a cool project that claims to tell you whether you are male and female when you feed it something you’ve written.

Earlier today a Tweet caught my attention, asking the question “Does your blog sound more male or female?”  The tweet, posted by Rachel King aka @rachaelgk, directed followers to the Gender Genie, a fun project from a few years back that claims to tell you whether you are male and female when you feed it something you’ve written—fiction, nonfiction or blog entry.  We couldn’t resist sharing this fun “tool” with you, our beloved readers, both male and female!

The Gender Genie was inspired by a NY Times post back in 2003 called ‘Sexed Texts.’ The post explored the differences between the ways that males and females write, and also included a test that, theoretically, was supposed to help you take any piece of fiction and figure out whether a male or female had written it.  According to the Gender Genie website, “The Gender Genie uses a simplified version of an algorithm developed by Moshe Koppel, Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and Shlomo Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology, to predict the gender of an author.”

Although the Gender Genie has been online for quite a few years now—it hit the web shortly after the NY Times article in 2003—it is still pretty fun and still fully capable of starting up a conversation on Twitter and beyond.  Rachel King’s tweet spawned a conversation on Twitter, as her followers checked to see if the Gender Genie thought they were male or female.

I tried out the Gender Genie with about 5 of my posts from here at Social Times and was told, without a shadow of a doubt, that I was definitely male (huh!?).  However, when I tried with a few posts from my personal blog, the Gender Genie accurately stated that I was female.  Perhaps the algorithm works better with content of a less professional nature, but whatever the case I thought this was an interesting finding.

I would be interested to see whether readers would think I was male or female if my name was removed from my blog posts.  I’d also be interested to read some anonymous posts and guess whether they were written by men or women.  I wonder if our intuition would be more or less accurate than that of the Gender Genie.

And on that note, why not see what the Gender Genie has to say about you!  Be sure to tell us your results in the comments below.

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.