Category - Insight

Finance, Economics & Sentiment Analysis

Posts in this category use data analysis to gleam insights about trends, social movements, politics and economics…including startup economics and lean business models.

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Hashtag #Ferguson – Twitter Reacts to Ferguson
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Who is more successful? The Fox or the Hedgehog?
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How to Defeat Online Extremism

Hashtag #Ferguson – Twitter Reacts to Ferguson

Summary (TL;DR):  Ferguson was the most tweeted about topic in America in 2014. It seemed to sharply divide the nation. But the Ferguson topic on Twitter was not always a simple red vs. blue debate. Ferguson was a complex and layered problem where a single incident sparked significant protests and a nationwide movement. In this case, debate over the cloudy details surrounding the shooting and the violence associated with the protests created so much noise that more important discussions on race in America were often drowned out.   Ferguson was the most Tweeted Topic in 2014 2014 had several major news[…]

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Who is more successful? The Fox or the Hedgehog?

I tout the superiority of Foxes on this Blog, but if I am such a Fox, where is the data to support these claims? Hedgehogs are everywhere. As experts in the media. In Politics. Hosting their own TV shows. An entire news network, ironically called “Fox News” is full of Hedgehogs. It would seem that Hedgehogs have Foxes beaten pretty badly. On top of it all, prominent business authors like Jim Collins have popularized ideas like the “Hedgehog Concept,” which states that to be successful, Entrepreneurs and leaders need to emulate the Hedgehog in their single-minded pursuit of a goal.[…]

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How to Defeat Online Extremism

If you spend much time on Twitter, these days, you may start to question social media’s promise of bringing people together. Just search any hashtag associated with the Central American Children, Ukraine, Gaza and now Ferguson — then steel yourself because you are about to become awash in hate. Social media, it seems, isn’t just cute cat videos and baby photos. Recently, Twitter and Facebook feeds have been transformed into battlegrounds. Gary Silverman recently observed in a column for the FT, “All these closer connections don’t seem to be leading to peace and love, or harmony and understanding, or anything like[…]

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