Data Behind the Vice Presidential Debate

Had the honor to present some data from yesterday’s VP debate at Bloomberg TV’s “Money Moves” show. I showed some Twitter visualization highlighting the different topics at play, as well as people’s perception of who won the debate (hint: there are a surprising number of people who think Ryan won Biden…) More below:


Weibo, China’s Twitter, Abuzz with Sentiment Over Liu Xiang’s Olympic Fail

Liu Xiang’s 110m hurdles race was one of the most anticipated Olympic races for audiences across Mainland China. Shanghai born Liu Xiang has emerged as one of China’s most visible cultural icons, being the first Chinese athlete to achieve the “triple crown” of athletics: World Record Holder, World Champion and Olympic Champion. During the 2008 [...]

[Data Viz] KONY2012: See How Invisible Networks Helped a Campaign Capture the World’s Attention

If you’ve spent any time at all on Twitter and Facebook over the last week or so, you’ve undoubtably heard about KONY2012. The campaign by the nonprofit advocacy group Invisible Children centered around Joseph Kony, the Uganda warlord and leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a guerrilla group with a long and violent history that [...]

A Tale of Three Rumors

This is a cross post for the Truthiness in Social Media Symposium which took place at Harvard University, March 6th 2012.

The more we use social media, the more seasoned we become at assessing the trustworthiness of information that we come across. With rumors constantly flying around, famous celebrities are often mistaken to be dead, [...]

Big Questions in Journalism 2.0

Had the pleasure to participate in the Hackers/Hack meetup at the Boston Globe last night, where we continued the never-ending Journalism 2.0 discussion. I’m so used to being surrounded by folks from the tech world, that this meetup was quite refreshing as it had mostly non-tech journalists as participants. The meetup began with a presentation [...]

The Algorithmic Newsroom

I just came back from News Foo, an un-conference for technologists, academics and journalists in Phoenix on the future of news. The following post details my thoughts, heavily inspired by the conversations and sessions I had the privilege to be a part of.

There are a growing number of algorithms that are deciding what topics [...]

Engaging News Hungry Audiences Tweet by Tweet: An audience analysis of prominent mainstream media news accounts on Twitter

Back in May, when we analyzed the viral spread of news about Osama Bin Laden’s death, we were impressed by the speed and scale at which news could break on Twitter. Yet even with the increased popularity of Twitter as a means of news consumption and dissemination, very few studies have been focused on audiences [...]

#Sidibouzid Twitter Hashtag: an analysis of the people spreading the news

There have been numerous articles and discussions on the role Twitter played during the recent Tunisia uprising. An excellent Techcrunch post by Alexia Tsotsis analyzed Twitter traffic over time (using data provided by backtype. According to their report, Tunisia related Twitter traffic peaked at 28 tweets per second, at 21:27:56 Tunisian time, a couple hours [...]

Understanding Information Flows: the True Power of Social Media

With all the excitement about Tunisia and the numerous debates on whether this was/is another “Twitter Revolution”, it was the perfect time to dig into Clay Shirky’s recently published piece ‘The Political Power of Social Media’ in the Journal for Foreign Affairs. I actually like the journal and usually buy a copy, but sadly there’s [...]

War is not just a Military Campaign, but a Parable

Towards the end of Bob Woodward’s Obama’s Wars, there’s a detailed description of an hour long meeting that the author had with President Obama at the oval office. He recounts the scene with such detail, that I felt as if I was there in the room. The body language, attitude, charisma and humor. At the [...]