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[liberationtech] Twitter Forum Room

Michael Rogers m-- at gmx.com
Thu Sep 1 09:41:41 PDT 2011


Hi Suraj,

Sorry for the slow reply. The idea of automatically introducing people
based on their inferred opinions is very interesting. I wonder, though,
whether social media, and Twitter especially, aren't already pretty good
at bringing together like-minded people. Perhaps it would be interesting
to think about how social media could bring together people with
contrasting or conflicting opinions, or people talking about similar
things in separate social circles?

Small world networks come to mind here: many local connections that make
the network tightly knit, plus a few long-distance connections that
greatly reduce the average distance between nodes. Do social media need
to work harder at fostering those long-distance connections?

Cheers,
Michael

On 20/07/11 18:33, Suraj wrote:
> Hey everyone, 
> 
> My team is working on a tool that helps group together people who have
> similar network patterns and word use around issues and sentiment to
> help organize people for political action.  Our analysis basically finds
> like minded people one should be conversing with and we were thinking to
> provide all of those accounts in a certain country, for example, with
> the a single forum room so that it's as if we created lists of people
> for them to follow and talk to right on twitter.  We're just
> brainstorming uses for our discovery program and wanted to see what you
> all think about this.  Thanks! 
> 
> 
> Suraj Patel | suraj.patel1 at gmail.com
> <mailto:suraj.patel1 at gmail.com> |  twitter.com/SurajStar
> <http://twitter.com/surajstar>
> 
> 
> 
> 
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