You can use Google Trends to look at current rankings or the historical rankings of Google Searches made on any particular day, or look at the Search
Volume Index of a particular Google Search over time broken down by Region, Cities, and Languages.
Simple tools like Monitter, Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, Tweetizen, or Twilert allow you to monitor in real-time all Twitter Feeds for Keywords.
search.twitter.com and tweetstats.com/trends allow you to see the most common words in twitter tweets at any given moment. For the more advanced, you
can use gnip to aggregate real-time monitors of 100s of Social Apps like Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Tumblr, WordPress, etc.
For getting Top Topics or Top News from tens of thousands of different sources, you can create your own Bots to do such, or you can use a Feed
Aggregator. There are also sites like Alltop.com that allow you to choose what Feeds of 32,000 to monitor and aggregate the most popular or newest
There was even some really neat software from a couple of years back, although for the life of me I can't remember what it was called, that was
developed by M.I.T. for the now-defunct (supposedly
) T.I.A. that allowed you to monitor people or subjects in real-time that was released in
the wild on the Internet. I tried it when it was first released and it was pretty spooky...I somehow doubt that it is still made available now, but
I'm sure it is still floating around on P2P networks or archived somewhere. I'll see if I can dig up the name of it so those who are interested can
look into finding it.
As for Intelligence News Feeds I don't have specific links on my work computer but really they aren't that difficult to come by. You just have to
learn to use Google and increase your searches to include non-English sources, and then just add them to your RSS Feeds and get yourself a good
in-browser translator plugin (or use Google Translator or Yahoo! Babelfish
). It's been a while since I've had the time or inclination to
monitor foreign Intelligence News Feeds (it's been about 8 years
) so most of the links I once had are no longer valid (like Kim-Spy
Intelligence and CounterIntelligence
) or long since forgotten. About the only English feeds off the top of my head that I tried that are still
around are intelligenceonline.com
, and strategypage.com
, but none of these are foreign Intelligence
Feeds. It might be time consuming, but quicker than a bunch of Google Searches to go to Federation of
American Scientists: Intelligence Resource Program
to get a list of urls to the Intelligence Agencies of the World and go to each individual
country's sites to look for their News Feeds, if they have them.
Basically, what all of these methods happen to be is basic Data Mining. It's basically on a microcosmic scale what our own Intelligence Agencies use
to Data Mine Intelligence on the Internet. You can get pretty sophisticated with tools commonly available. Any individual with a basic understanding
of Data Mining and current Internet Tools has more resources available to them than all of the U.S. Intelligence Agencies combined had but 10-15 years
ago. If you learn to leverage Data Mining resources there is little that can go unnoticed that you haven't already been informed of.