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If it’s Monday, it must be time for a Hurricane.
And I’m not referring to the cocktail emanating from Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans.
Hurricane Sandy is drifting up the Atlantic coast and is expected to make landfall later this afternoon, probably somewhere in New Jersey.
But as of 8:52 CST this morning, she’s already having an impact well in to New York City. I’ve already seen Twitpics of Battery Park City starting to surrender to the surge, which is truly frightening considering how much of the storm is still yet to come.
As an FYI, both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal have eliminated their paywalls and are making their content free, if you’re looking for up-to-the-minute updates on the storm.
YouTube is also streaming The Weather Channel (where NBC’s Al Roker was just seen trying to stay vertical at Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey).
I spoke with a good friend of mine who lives on the edge of Cobble Hill (in Brooklyn), and he indicated the water had not yet lapped over the piers there, but that it was likely only a matter of time. Forecasters are expecting a 6-to-11 surge when high tide strikes around 8 tonight.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo just held a press conference and announced the closing of both the Holland and Brooklyn Battery tunnels at 2 P.M. EST.
On Twitter, the National Hurricane Center is offering facts and tips at @NHC_Atlantic, and the Weather Channel can be followed at @weatherchannel.
I was living in NYC in 1985 during Hurricane Gloria, and that storm paled by comparison. So, please, be safe out there, stay away from the ocean, stay inside, and ride this sucker out as safely as you can!
UPDATE: I just built this Turbo Sandy Twitter list, with a list of followees from a variety of media and government sources, including the Weather Channel, NASA, FEMA, and a variety of others.
I’m still trying to get over the fact that my Texas Rangers lost the World Series two in a row.
But that didn’t stop the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton from earning the social media MVP award, based on positive-to-negative sentiment from fans in the USC Annenberg Social Sentiment Index that I mentioned in a couple of recent posts.
The final analysis from the 2011 World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals revealed that Hamilton took home the MVP, but just edged out the Cardinals’ David Freese by 1 percent.
Thank Heavens for small favors. Freese was the Rangers’ clutch hitting nemesis during those last two games.
The USC Annenberg Social Sentiment Index is an ongoing project between IBM and the Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL) students to explore Twitterology trends, the moods associated with social media communication.
Students are using IBM Social Analytics technology to analyze millions of tweets in order to assess public social media engagement and opinion from sports and film to retail and fashion.
Each game in the World Series averaged a million tweets, totaling seven million total tweets for the entire series as diehard fans exuded their social media voice and opinions on the players and coaches they followed.
IBM and AIL analyzed each game, identifying the players and coaches with the highest tweet volume and most positive sentiment, then generated a final analysis for the series.
While it’s obvious that Freese and Hamilton both had stand out performances, other noteworthy findings were revealed through the sentiment analysis, such as:
- Texas manager Ron Washington generated five times more tweets than his counterpart, St. Louis Cardinals’ managerial veteran Tony La Russa.
- Freese earned an 85% ‘T’ score – the ratio of positive to negative tweets; Albert Pujols earned an 82% positive sentiment rating. Texas’ Derek Holland pushed ahead of St. Louis’ Chris Carpenter.
- Holland garnered the most tweets for any pitcher during the series, and a respectable 82% sentiment score. While Carpenter, clearly a star and critical to the Game 7 victor, earned a 75% rating.
- Clutch player Lance Berkman from the St. Louis Cardinals earned an 81% sentiment score, putting him in close contention for social media MVP.
- Fans appreciated the game’s specialists, such as Arthur Rhodes from St. Louis, who appeared in three World Series games. He got one batter out in each game that he faced, helping him earn a fan high of 94% in Game 7.
The analysis found the volume of tweets associated with players and coaches had a strong correlation to the amount of television face time each received during the games – regardless of the caliber of player or coaching performance.
What mattered was personality and fans’ affinity for it defined the social sentiment. With each additional game, fans couldn’t wait to turn on the TV and their Twitter accounts, generating a higher TV audience and higher volumes of tweets, igniting the power of fans’ banter, usually limited between themselves and their televisions and inserting it into a measurable voice in the Twitterverse.
“This analysis underscores why the social media element in sports — and in any industry — should not be discounted as an unimportant source to glean actionable insights,” said Professor Jonathan Taplin, Director of USC Annenberg Innovation Lab.
“Relying solely on traditional channels to measure fan and customer engagement just won’t cut it anymore.”
IBM and AIL are collaborating to help students explore how analytics technologies can be used by organizations from news outlets and journalists to movie studios and film marketers in order to understand information buried inside Big Data – structured and unstructured information.
To date, the Index has been applied to film forecasting in order to accurately predict movie blockbuster success rates, and most recently was used by students to identify top trends for retailers from the New York Fashion Week shows.
With this project, social analytics is proving you can find out how a fan is feeling directly from the fan’s mouth, or in this case, Twitter handle, versus relying on what traditional media is telling us the fans are feeling.
The same principle applies in the business world too, social analytics is changing in the way research is conducted as the rise of social media has participants discussing openly what they like and dislike, what their plans are, and so on. For marketers, business analytics may take the place of traditional market research in the future as a growing number of companies start to use the technology to track market sentiment.
In fact, according to IBM’s 2011 Global CMO Study of more than 1,700 chief marketing officers, the majority of the world’s top marketing executives admit they are not sufficiently plugged into real-time conversations about their brands.
Eighty-percent or more of the CMOs surveyed still focus primarily on traditional sources of information such as market research and competitive benchmarking. Many identified their key challenge as the difficulty in analyzing vast quantities of data to extract meaningful insights that can improve products, services and the customer experience.
However, eighty-two percent of CMOs say they plan to increase their use of social media over the next three to five years.
“While in this case, its fan sentiment, the opportunity to get closer to your customer through social analytics is an opportunity organizations across the industry spectrum can’t afford to miss,” said Rod Smith, Vice President of Emerging Technology, IBM. “Harnessing Big Data for insights is the key to having a competitive advantage.”
IBM’s collaboration with the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab is part of its continued efforts to advance student skills in analytics across academia. IBM is working with more than 6,000 universities around the world to develop curricula and provide training, resources and support for business analytics.
You can learn more about IBM business analytics capabilities here.
So Scott and I recorded our latest “TurboTech” episode yesterday, and no sooner did we record the bit about Meg Whitman maybe taking over as CEO of HP than it seems like it’s actually gonna be a done deal.
That’s okay, things move fast in this industry, and it’s kind of like that old joke about how you don’t have to outrun the leopard — you just have to outrun the slowest gazelle.
In this case, I’m not sure if Scott’s the gazelle and I’m the leopard, or if Meg Whitman’s the leopard and Leo Apotheker’s the gazelle, but whatever the case, things change, watch us move your cheese.
We talked about that, the Netflix marketing debacle, and the latest changes on Facebook (which pretty much everyone seems to hate).
Me, I’m off to India tomorrow, and will be hanging in the IT hub of Bangalore for a week. I hope to take lots of pics and NOT lose my camera there this go around, and am very much looking forward to some of that lovely South and North India Cuisine and to seeing all my IBM India friends. Put some Kingfishers on ice, gang, I’ll be there momentarily.
Enjoy this episode, and the next dispatch may just be a video one from the streets of Bangalore, where crossing through traffic’s like riding in a sub-contintental rodeo with motor rickshaws and motorbikes!
Scott Laningham and I got together again for an episode of “TurboTech.” Though the lightning round wasn’t quite as fast as last time, we did cover some fun and informative topics, including “Watson Gets a Real Job,” “TechCrunch and Arrington,” “Counting Twitter,” and “ACL Fest.” Scott’s editing job actually made me sound like I knew what I was talking about!
I understand if you don’t want to watch, as it’s 11 minutes and 47 seconds of your life that you’ll never get back. But know that by watching you’ll be helping validate the existence of two fine, overemployed corporate technology grunts who are just looking for a little social love.
Das vi dan ya.
That’s “goodbye” in Russia. So I should probably learn hello.
Answers.com explained it’s dobro pozalovat.
So, dobro pozalovat to Yandex, the Russian search engine, which followed short on the heels of LinkedIn’s IPO and went public earlier today on the Nasdaq, raising some $1.3B (dollars, not rubles).
Apparently, the issue was some 17 times oversubscribed, surprising considering that Yandex only has about 64% market share (although it is still the largest Web site in Russia).
Also a done deal: Twitter buys TweetDeck for roughly $40M. This has been rumored for some time, but apparently it’s really happened this time. Really. Seriously. #ftw
Is this the beginning of a great Twitter consolidation?
When a TweetDeck falls in the virtual Twitter forest, does it even make a sound???
Well, I’m just glad to see someone out there’s making some deals.
After watching HBO’s docudrama rendition of Aaron Ross Sorkin’s 2010 book about the financial crisis, Too Big To Fail, last evening, one might start to wonder.
I read the book.
The movie’s probably easier to consume in many ways, minus all the boring financial mumbo jumbo details, although it nearly made me ill to replay that denouement from the fall of 2008.
But, I have to say, William Hurt made for a wonderful SecTreas Henry Paulson, understated and steely, and James Woods cracked me up as vulgar Richard Fuld, the former CEO of Lehman Brothers. And Paul Giamatti as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke…another classic performance by Giamatti.
The movie seemed to raise a central question: Was Paulson the hero who saved the day or the insider who protected the interests of his industry?
You get to watch the film (or read your history book, if you’re so inclined) and be your own judge.
But kudos to the HBO team for making a compelling film about what could have easily become a trite and boring re-enactment.
It was anything but boring…now, having seen it and completely paranoid, if I could only figure out a way to move all my retirement savings into a small bomb shelter immune from market movements if not the elements!
It looks as though Twitter may finally have settled on a deal to buy renowned Twitter client, TweetDeck (my still all-time favorite Tweeting tool).
According to TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington, the deal is finally going down for between $40-50M (includes both cash and Twitter stock), but it’s mainly a defensive posture, working to prevent UberMedia from grabbing all the key Twitter-related startups.
Of course, after the Bin Laden episode, Twitter may need all the horsepower it can get.
TechCrunch also reported that the breaking Bin Laden news had the highest sustained Tweet rate in history, at 3,440 Tweets per second.
Guess you can’t really say Osama didn’t go out without a bang.
Meanwhile, the Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) network saga continues, with Joystiq reporting the company servers were offline across the board, and that the user data was stolen as part of the original intrusion.
Yesterday, Sony executives in Japan were seen taking their customary humbled bows of apology before a press conference.
Hopefully it was a deep bow, as this latest news indicated the attack resulted in roughly 24.6 million accounts possibly having been breached. Ouch.
This could be a good time to head back to school. If you’re in the business of providing access to information and services via the Web, the IBM Exceptional Web Experience Conference might just be the trick.
The event will be held May 16-19 in Orlando, Florida, and will feature some of IBM’s key thought leaders in this area, including Larry Bowden, our VP, Portals and Web Experience Software, and Sandy Carter, VP, Social Business and Collaboration Solutions.
This event sold out in Chicago last year, and is dedicated to helping organizations be more successful by highlighting proven business solutions and technical strategies designed to keep pace with rapidly evolving Web user demand and expectations.
You can learn more here.
Anybody watch Ken Burn’s follow-up to his seminal documentary, “Baseball,” last evening on PBS?
Entitled “The Tenth Inning,” I just happened to be channel surfing my 157 channels with nothing else on so I tuned in.
And is often the case with Ken Burns’ work, I couldn’t tune out — I watched the first of two parts glued to my seat, particularly with the deep background on folks like Barry Bonds, and especially the section covering the Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa home-run-a-thon in the summer of 1998, when both broke Roger Maris’ single season home run record of 61, set in the 1961 season and a record that stood for 37 years.
I also wallowed in the recap of the powerful late 1990s Yankees (I’m one of the 10 percent who love the Yanks).
But Burns didn’t pull any punches in this follow-up, highlighting the huge damage that Major League Baseball’s ostrich play on performance-enhancing drugs has done to the game, not to mention the 1994 player’s strike, from which the league is arguably still recovering (and the damage from which the Sosa/McGwire home-run-a-thon Burns argues also helped assuage).
Rest assured, I’ll be tuning into part two this evening.
But of course, what I’m really psyching myself up for is this weekend’s Ryder Cup.
After Jim Furyk’s nail-biting twofer win of The Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup last weekend, I’m totally stoked for the final golfing denouement of 2010.
However, I won’t anytime soon be a fan of the Twitter ban that Ryder Cup captains Colin Montgomerie and Corey Pavin have imposed on their respective Europe and U.S. player rosters.
For golf fans, and the golfers themselves, the Ryder Cup (which is only played every two years) is one of the most enthralling and nerve-wracking golf tournaments in the world.
Considering the sport of golf has seen its amateur ranks dwindling in membership by over ten percent the past few years, it seems to me the sport and its players should become more transparent, not less.
Though I don’t necessarily want to burden any of the players with Tweets live from the course, it could serve the game well to allow the players to Tweet after hours as the drama of the players’ intense days wind down.
Instead, a code of golfing Omerta silence has been imposed, and we fans will just have to guess what the players are thinking as they sweat out their three days in Newcastle.
That’s okay. I’m sure the worldwide golf audience will be sure to help fill the Twittering void.
Lotus faithful everywhere, it’s time for the now annual Ascendant Technology South Park video.
Yes, Kenny and Cartman are back in the yellow saddle, starring in a brand new Lotusphere 2010 preview video that features, among others, Steve Ballmer (as the Lotus Knows bus driver), Kenny, Cartman, others from the South Park gang, and customer #2 from the final episode of “The Sopranos” (rumored to be the guest speaker at this year’s opening session!)
Just keep an eye on your backpack — Kenny’s got a hunger for yellow.
Though you won’t likely see Kenny, Cartman and the gang there in Orlando (they are fictional animated characters from a popular television show), you can see some of mi Lotus amigos, including Bilal Jaffery, Lotus social media guru, who will be co-hosting the first ever (but surely not last) Lotusphere Tweetup.
Check out Bilal’s post here for all the details of this Sunday night festouche.
I can finally feel it. The yellow fever is coming on!