So I'm getting back into RSS browsing. I dropped it when Google Reader died, thinking that Twitter was really the only game in town for monitoring. But there's a difference. Twitter is really, really fast and for that reason, I tend to use it for quickly getting an idea of what's going on. I might … Continue reading From search to site through what you say
This is a cross-post from Ranieri Communications... Have you seen Particle Fever yet? If not, you should. There’s a seminal moment when, on achieving collision, a Cern star states triumphantly: “We have data.” It’s the point at which the theorists craned their necks eager to see what the experimentalists could actually prove. Suddenly, this wasn’t … Continue reading Data, you need
I could write a book on this one. But there's little point because a) I don't have time to write a book, and b) other people have already written them. So, I'll be brief, not least because this is a blog post and not a book: the most important social media metrics are nothing to … Continue reading Which are the most important social media metrics? (Hint: they’re nothing to do with social media)
Two people walk into a room. They both claim to have the definitive ranking for Twitter influencers for your area of interest. One uses Klout, the other, WeFollow. And guess what? Their results differ, in some cases quite wildly. Which do you believe? Let's multiply the problem. Imagine you're dealing not just with two people … Continue reading Twitter influence: who do you believe?
I've been thinking a lot recently about how to monitor, capture, measure and report. The good news is that there are ways of doing all of these. The bad news? None of them do it all. Here's the current state of play: Google Reader is really good for monitoring and going back through old posts, … Continue reading Everything does something, but nothing does everything
... then we're all going to hell in a hand cart. Probably. A bit. Sounds a bit alarmist I know, but here's my take on this. In the past, I've been fairly lackadaisical about politics. I thought I had left-wing leanings when I was younger but then who doesn't/didn't? At least I wasn't a hippy … Continue reading It’s never been easier to engage, so if people don’t…
The PR Friendly Index has been good to me. I initially compiled it as an ongoing experiment to see how I could 'measure' blogs, especially en masse, especially using forms of automation that would make it as easy as possible. The ultimate goal was something along the lines of the Power150, except I had visions … Continue reading Will I ever be able to update the PR Friendly Index again?
Today, two seemingly unrelated but actually very similar discoveries: socialmention is offering sentiment analysis among other metrics; and SpinVox uses people to transcribe messages. Humans as machines First, the second. SpinVox.They offer voice-to-text conversion which is something of a holy grail for computing, and given my past interest in AI, I found the proposition fascinating. … Continue reading Humans do it better – but do they scale?
So last Wednesday I was at Measurement Camp, this time in the swanky offices of Dare Digital. The format is still evolving under the laid-back yet effective stewardship of Will McInnes (check out his survey, it's hilarious), so this time we had a couple of presentations from past projects, then some quicker breakouts in which … Continue reading Measurement Camp, the BBC, and The Next Big Thing