Our local lefty blogger is aways telling us that more and more people are using social media to get the real news, that social media is more accurate than our local newspaper.
There is great interest in data mining twitter to determine what people are thinking, allowing data miners to tracking the spread of disease, assessing ideas, product acceptance, etc.
The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.
The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.
Social media is gaining credibility as a political and marketing tool as it uses the power of numbers to come closer to the truth than smaller surveys that can be influenced by biases. Data miners can access the collective thoughts of millions of Twitter users.
Yesterday (Friday, Aug 30) President Obama said social media and the nightly news are partly to blame for the sense that “the world is falling apart.”
“The world’s always been messy … we’re just noticing now in part because of social media,” he said, according to a White House pool report.
Twitterers are ruined the president’s vacation and scaring people half to death by reporting on how they really feel about events around the world? In the minds of Twitter users the world in falling apart. Is this misinformation as claimed by President Obama, or it this how people really feel/think? I think the data miners would conclude that Obama’s world is falling apart, or at least the Twitters think it is.