If you want to understand social media, do it when there’s a big TV event happening

We're living in a strange world right now. We're sort of at a tipping point between broadcast and broadcomment, where we can watch what millions of other people are watching, while at the same time see what they're saying. This was brought home to me during the Prime Ministerial debates in the UK. I watched … Continue reading If you want to understand social media, do it when there’s a big TV event happening

Humans do it better – but do they scale?

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?