Today I learned that there’s a term in use for what I was vaguely beginning to think about yesterday… “Crowd Mining”
My thoughts were that in education (or elsewhere, of course) policy makers, administrators etc. could be using social media as a window to to see “how things work”. What do teachers get excited about? What are their concerns? What about what students? What are they SAYING out there? and then…. ideally…. policies can be developed to acknowledge these things.
The idea of Google monitoring keywords that indicate when people have the flu is an example (as in the following Wired magazine link, by Alexis Madrigal)
Where can *we* go with this?
wordspy: crowd mining pp. Extracting useful knowledge from large databases of social information. http://wordspy.com/t/2618.asp
10 tips from federal early adopters: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/040909-feds-twitter-tips.html?page=1