Burgeoning cyberchatter about 'Occupy Wall Street' is creating an evolving database of raw information about the leaderless protest movement, a potential tool for those seeking to anticipate its next steps.
Social media, a main engine driving "Occupy Wall Street's" spread, both nationally and globally, are increasingly serving another vital function: helping outsiders who are trying to track and anticipate the leaderless movement’s next steps.
Every day, millions of tweets, posts, and texts swell the global chat around the topic, creating, in essence, a living and evolving database of raw information about the protest movement, its supporters, and its possible goals.
As this cyberchatter burgeons, more and more individuals – and organizations – are tuning in and trying to make sense of what they hear in order to formulate strategies and make decisions, say media analysts, researchers, and political strategists.
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“People are listening,” says Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR, a New York PR agency. “When the president of the United States pays attention, this is no longer a fringe event. Digital chatter has reached a critical mass.’’
Everyone, even each protester, is a real-time microblogger or photojournalist, he says via e-mail. The problem now, he says, “is in filtering, curating, dissecting and synthesizing meaningful media content from the endless flood of isolated data.”