but what's the value in people responding
Analysing trends and opinions. Services like "disqus" and facebook-comments make money by measuring the reactions to certain phrases or topics.
You can pull a lot of data from this. Think of swarm behavior. A single profile holds so much metadate it´s insane. Geolocation info, cookies,
posting times and intervalls, political direction, hobbies, liked topics, reaction times, food choices and so much more. Tens of thousands of
datapoints and they run it through algorithms that produce statistics that will blow your mind.
David Kriesel downloaded each article on a big german news-website for over two years. Each article he downloaded up to seven times (to get the
changes and redactions, too). What he is able to show about the lifes of those authors is just mindblowing, and that´s all from data you see
constantly but lack the oversight to compile it.
(video won´t integrate propperly into ATS so here is the plain link)
It´s German but by skipping through the graphics you should get the idea. One out of many astonishing things he pointed out was the different
sections (sport, politics, tech etc) all had favorite posting times and you could even see them fatigue over the day when word count and phrases of
each article went lower and lower.
He also could point out that two authors from different sections were always abscent at the same time. There would be no articles published by both.
He then proceeded to find out that they go on vacations together and probably have something going on. Facebook photos, I think that´s how he nailed
it, but he did not show in the presentation because of privacy.
And all sorts of other at first hand useless metadata that blew the audience away. One thing made me laugh very much when he asked "Who took vacation
days for this congress in the past" and I also held up my hand. Obviously it would have never been secret where I went to for those days each year, if
they(employee) had used metadata on me to see what I´m up to. If you work in research and development the angst is there that you´ll leave the
company or spill the beans so to speak.
He also pointed out stuff like disabled comment sections in refugee topics and politics. He coud show how they "learned" not to open the comment
section on those topics, with a fance timeline.
That guy is a genius.
edit on 4-5-2018 by verschickter because: (no reason given)