My friend Robin Hamman (Cybersoc) has just released a tool for tracking down news based on key words.
Its called UGC Finder.
"I've dubbed it UGC Finder - for journalists that uses Yahoo Pipes to aggregate and filter the results of keyword searches for tagged content and conversations in social networks and media sharing sites." Robin Hamman
"The UGC finder will track much more than Technorati blogs - it will track
* Tweetscan (search of public tweets on twitter)
* Flickr (photosharing)
* Youtube (video)
* Technorati (blog search)
* Icerocket (blog search)"
This could be really helpful. Basically, I have been reading the blogosphere through key word searches for the past 2-3 years. Rather than reading the same blogs or authors, I have been doing a key word search on technorati, creating a watchlist, and then dropping the RSS feed from that watch into my news reader. Everyday I track the words the whoever is using them. Which is ok, and its gets me to the site within ten minutes of when that word is posted, but my results have been limited to whatever ends up in the Technorati basket. All that is about to change. I think. If Robin's dastardly invention proves successful.
BY JOVE, my dear Cybersoc, you have solved the mystery! The answer was in the PIPES all along!
Trivia. Last week I was in Australia, doing some online research on the rhizomic structure of the internet and the article i was reading on rhizomes was from the Cybersoc himself. Small world.
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