From Fluidinfo’s perspective, it is data from many easily discernible
sources that, by virtue of the way it is stored, can be
shared, repurposed, enhanced, annotated, augmented, and easily queried in an
environment that encourages open participation.
This chapter aims to show the benefits of publishing social data. The
following topics will be of particular interest:
How different sources map their data to Fluidinfo
Conventions that have emerged for organizing data
How data is shared, reused, and enhanced between different sources
Three different domains of data will be used to explore these issues:
social networking data based on Twitter, O’Reilly’s book catalog, and
articles from some technology-related blogs.
Twitter and Social Data
Twitter, because of its popularity and influence, boasts one of the
most “crunched” datasets on the Internet. Dozens of services, public and
for hire, process Twitter data. But metadata about Twitter users and
tweets is not widely shared, and in this section we’ll show how Fluidinfo
can expose interesting facts about Twitter’s use.
Walled Gardens of Data
Twitter is a social networking site whose users
tweet messages of no more than 140 characters in
length. Users follow one another in order to
subscribe to one another’s streams of tweets. Millions of users around
the world share tweets about every imaginable subject.
Twitter’s API allows developers to get at the service’s data. For example, it ...
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