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Things being predicted by social media

Posted by Scott on April 8, 2010

It seems like there’s been a flurry of predictive uses of social media, so I thought I’d compile the one’s I’ve seen recently that are reasonably successful. I’m sure there are more. There is diversity, even in this short list: entertainment, finance, politics – things with measurable outcomes decided by the general public (e.g., elections rather than sports). 

  1. American Idol
  2. The stock market
  3. Box office revenues
  4. Elections, UK
  5. Elections, Germany
  6. Political opinion polls, U.S.
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