Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Industry and Academia Care about Social Networks

Social Web Technologies form a great point of intersection between industry and academia. The International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media is a young conference with strong support from industry leaders such as Microsoft and Google (Along with a host of smaller and more specialized companies).

Academia has spent a great deal of effort studying the social web. Infact, by comparing the results from google scholar to other more traditional research areas of computer science we can see that social networks are a strong field of study. Listed inorder are the queries and their result counts: first comes algorithms with 4.2 million, then social network with 2.5 million, followed by machine learning with 1.9 million, and 1.8 million for natural language processing,and artificial intelligence with 1.3 million, and finally the semantic web with .3 million.

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