February 3, 2011
Filtering, curation, aggregation and relevance have long been touted as the next important steps for social media. In actual fact we've had curation services in the form of Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Delicious and many more for a long time. However, the questions "How do I find the blog post, tweet, facebook update, photo or check-in that is most relevant to me?" and "How do I know I've not missed a really important piece of news?" are still asked daily. So, there still isn't a definite answer - or a definitive service. Cadmus started off as a "real-time filtering service" for a product called ViewPoint, but has grown into a self-standing application and the Cadmus API can help users and developers answer these questions.
With President Barack Obama being sworn into office for a second term a lot of thoughts will naturally turn to how narrow his re-election actually was. The president did surprisingly well by carrying a much larger number of swing states than anybody thought possible. But each of those victories only came about because the turnout for the president was much higher than most anyone has expected in those states with the possible exception of the team of programmers that build the social media applications for the Obama for America campaign.