Just because I mentioned OpenCalais… Now a Twitter mashup

I can’t say I’m too impressed by this, but it might be because I don’t know much about Chicago politics. But mostly because I just mentioned OpenCalais, I felt that I had to post this too:

The buzz on Twitter on the Illinois Special Elections in the Fifth Congressional District

It’s probably a simple search on Twitter that subsets entries that could be related to the candidates and then they run then through OpenCalais to see if any are actually identified as the politician. Then they tally the results. Simple, but a step above the “google solution” of just doing search keyword timeline. I hope more people realize that search is great, but it’s very weak without human “manual filtering”. So building any automated trends based on keywords is bound to give you misleading results.

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