Microsoft Live Labs released on October 9 “Poltical Streams,” which the company is describing as a way for individuals to receive “at a glance, a more complete picture of the information and opinions on the Web on a single page.”
Political Streams is the first of what is likely to be a number of vertically focused streams built atop Live Lab’s new “Social Streams” platform [FAQ] that is designed to index “social media” from around the Web, including blogs, newsgroups, news sites and discussions. Social Streams builds on new data-mining, inference and higher-order patterning technologies under investigation by Live Labs team members.
Here’s how the new site works:
“Political Streams mines a stream of political content from both web sites and blogs in real time and then ranks that content, as topics, people and places mentioned rise and fall in popularity across the Internet. Headlines let you click down to an abstract of the story, along with graphs tracking the trends of people and places mentioned, as well as a link letting you click down to the full text of the story from there. This provides a broader context, allowing people to understand how the mainstream media and social media are discussing the issue, person or place.”
More info: Poltical Streams