Large Firm Getting into Facebook Apps - Many Eyes from IBM

Posted on June 18th 2008

IBM Research here in Cambridge has been doing some cool stuff for a while in the social software space (see IBM's Social Software Initiatives from 2005 on this blog). Now they have developed Many Eyes. Their sites says, “Many Eyes is a bet on the power of human visual intelligence to find patterns. Our goal is to "democratize" visualization and to enable a new social kind of data analysis. Jump right to our visualizations now, take a tour, or read on for a leisurely explanation of the project.” It was created by IBM's Collaborative User Experience research group. They have a Many Eyes blog.

On the blog they show and interesting comparison of the text in the US Presidential state of the union addresses in 2002 and 2003. You seen the relative tag clouds for each text with side by side color coded comparisons to see how terms rose or shrunk from one text to the next.

I found it especially interesting that they have a Many Eyes Facebook application. The application helps you collect, format and prepare social network data and visualize it on Many Eyes. I wonder if any of the other big players have Facebook apps? Have you seen other examples?


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KirkPetersen
Posted on June 18th 2008 at 7:53AM
IBM is truly a pioneer in the use of social media by a large corporation.  More information about IBM's many social media efforts can be found in a white paper on the Social Media Today homepage, in the right column.  The white paper is available to registered members -- you'll be prompted to log in.