Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tweets and the Middle East

Any of you interested in sentiment analysis should check out this across-the-board analysis of tweets about Gaza by Sysomos, a Canadian company that provides corporate social media tracking and analytic capabilities:

Saturday, November 17, 2012

21st Century Resistance works both ways

Excellent article on how Syria's government turned social media into a weapon simply by allowing it to be free

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Occupy Sandy Emerges As Relief Organization For 21st Century, Mastering Social Networks

"As local leaders and citizens complain of FEMA and the Red Cross and general government absences in their own neighborhoods, independent and local volunteer relief organizations have sprung up in droves, organized almost entirely through word of mouth and extensive social media campaigns.
Last week, The Huffington Post spoke with many crowdfunding and philanthropy experts who warned of the traps of social media (a "retweet" is not the same as real action, suggested Robert Wolfe, the co-founder of social media funding platform Crowdrise). But now, almost week later, social media has largely been the key link between those looking to help and the tangible work to be done.
And Occupy Sandy, an off-shoot of Occupy Wall Street, has undoubtedly been a leader in spreading the word about local volunteer and donation efforts online, and thereby spurring real, tangible responses. Though certainly not a well-oiled machine by any means -- seamless organization is hardly expected, anyway, in a movement that sprang up so quickly -- the group's Twitter and Facebook accounts have posted up-to-date information about exactly what is needed and where. And while the Red Cross doesn't take donations of individual household items and certain bare necessities, these very same needs have become Occupy Sandy's primary focus.
Sample Occupy Sandy Tweets: "Red Hook Initiative needs bowls and paper plates for food"; "Sunset Park Volunteer Hub needs Ham Radios and Operators or VHF Marine Radios"; "If you have a car or truck and want to help transport donated goods & volunteers, link in by texting '@osdrivers' to 23559."
Occupy Sandy's #Medics hashtag on Twitter found doctors for their hubs in Brooklyn and Queens. Hot meals are being prepared every day and night, with volunteers setting up makeshift food kitchens in the Rockaways, Coney Island and Sunset Park. And the network has even set up a wedding registry, via Amazon, so anyone who wants to send blankets, flashlights, dry goods, mini-fridges, batteries and toiletries from anywhere in the United States or around the world can easily do so..."

Saturday, November 3, 2012

"Knode: The Next Stage of the Internet is About What You Know"

This weekend, BostInno has a feature on Knode, a Cambridge-based search engine company that uses social networks to help life sciences companies find the right people with the right information at the right time.