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February 19, 2008

LinkedIn, Bloomberg, and your data

Filed under: Nuts and Bolts — holky @ 9:09 am

Data data data data data.

LinkedIn announcement are going to provide a new relationship mining tool through their network, therefore selling your relationship info as stored LinkedIn … the company is apparently going to be tapping into the “social graph” of its users, analyzing relationships between people, their companies and professions to figure out who knows a lot about what.

Is Bloomberg heading in the same direction?  I see they are now recording the number of hits each persons profile has… an indication of how ‘popular’ or ‘newsworthy’ someone is. Would that and the relationships as defined in that persons address book be worth $$$$$ to journo’s or headhunters?



  1. How do you propose a journo would make cash by knowing that x is friends with y?

    Comment by Sodappa — February 19, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

  2. I was thinking that information about people who are in the news is likely of *some* value for someone capturing/reporting that news. perhaps x offers a route into y that might not otherwise be obvious, or each relationship link forms a chain of contacts associated with a particular thread – who’s in/who’s out of a particular circle (who to talk to about a particular subject)? of course if the data also showed how many msgs have been exchanged, how frequently, whether its bidirectional msging, analysis of content to indicate formal or informal exchange, and so on and you would get a truer picture of the relationship.

    Now I dont know what the bloomberg plan is, but why measure “popularity” of everyone’s profile if you dont plan to do something with that information?

    Comment by holky — February 20, 2008 @ 8:38 am

  3. if it is measured by hits then we would just see who was a gossip and who was not-or perhaps that some people may gossip on bb messenger and others by email-

    Links are only obvious from Linked in if the are labelled-HD of CDS, Head of Market risk etc etc.

    I doubt that individuals would be able to access message content in order to discern what the no of messages logged were actuall about-so as I understand it we would only be able to see who was actively talking to who? And this (from what I can gather) would not actually be useful until a story elsewhere brokw e.g Hd of risk messaging hd of crellation 10000’s of time in the months leading up to $!bio loss and the bank only announcing it months later.

    Any how lets see…

    Comment by Sodappa — February 20, 2008 @ 1:00 pm

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