Category: research

Architecting Better Data-driven Digital Experiences

Walmart and Tesco Make Big Moves in Social Strategy

Tesco just announced its acquisition of social media marketing firm BzzAgent. This follows Walmart’s April acquisition of social media analytics firm Kosmix. The world’s first and third largest retailers have thus set into motion what they view as the next stage in customer intelligence and engagement. Each firm’s acquisition reflects a gap in their prior…
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The Alliance of Geeks and Poets: Quantifying Culture

An “alliance of geeks and poets” is how Patricia Cohen describes the emergence of data-driven research in the humanities in her great piece in the New York Times. Ms. Cohen ‘s article describes the rise of “digital humanities”. As she reports, “…researchers are digitally mapping Civil War battlefields to understand what role topography played in…
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The Hidden Side of Influence

A simple definition for an “influencer” is someone who has the leverage required to drive an outcome. Very often that leverage is held in the form of information. In the web2.0 world, information-driven influence is frequently understood as the extent to which information can be made public by any single source, that is, the “information…
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Facebook covers the map – social landscape as of June 2010

An updated map of social network usage across the world by Vincenzo Cosenza – thanks for the great research! Amplify’d from The World Map of Social Networks – by Vincenzo Cosenza Read more at See this Amp at

A new establishment? Forrester finds social media ‘Creators’ plateau.

Creators publish blogs, web pages, videos, music, etc. Does the plateau in this profile indicate that a decade into the blog revolution, social media channels will begin to more closely conform a traditional media model with a limited number of producers serving a large group of media consumers (who may consume interactively through reviews, comments…
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