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The Social Web for Analysts


Here’s an interesting observation on the current state of the Internet:

When you exclude just Facebook from the rest of the Web, consumption in terms of minutes of use shrank by nearly nine percent between March 2010 and March 2011, according to data from comScore.

Better yet, here it is visually:

Based on this it appears social networks or the ‘social web’ as they’re called here are out pacing the Internet and I’d have to say I agree.  Since getting involved with the blogosphere myself I notice when I do a Google search there are more and more hits on the first page of results that link to a blog, and we all know hardly anyone goes beyond the first page of results.  Not to mention when I’m looking for something I tend to get the best and most relevant answers from a blog, where I can also see what other people have to say about it and share my thoughts if I’m so inclined to do so.  This is probably because, as they put it so well…

The connected, social Web is alive, moving, proactive, and personal, while the document Web is just an artifact — suited as a universal reference, but hardly a personal experience.

This collective blog project is just one example of how people in law enforcement and the intelligence world are harnessing the power of the social web to share ideas, learn from others, and generate a conversation when we’re not face to face and with people from all over the world.  It’s also a huge value for up and coming analysts who are new to the field, they have all this historical information at their fingertips and are able to hit the ground running as they enter the workforce.  Our intention for the IntelCloud is to have a diverse crowd of contributors offer up the things we find interesting and that have value to other analysts and investigators.  I’m always on the lookout for similar blogs and there are several, all with really valuable information, and I especially look forward to new blogs that will no doubt make a lasting contribution to the social web as it relates to analysts.