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Opinions on OccupyLSX around the UK

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Between 12:36pm on Monday 17th October 2011 and 10:14am Wednesday 19th October 2011 I used real-time sentiment-monitoring tool Qriously to poll approximately 20,000* people in the UK on the Occupy London Stock Exchange movement.

I asked “OccupyLSX – worthwhile?” Respondents were asked to rate their answer an a 10-point scale between “Waste of Time” and “Worthy Cause”

900 people responded. Here’s what they said:

Slider showing that responded had a slight affinity towards "Worthy Cause" for Occupy LSX. 900/900 answers, 28,070 views

Line graph showing spikes around 150 people at the far end of the "Waste of Time" side, 180 at the "Worth Cause" extreme and a small spike around 100 people at central "Waste of Time" option. There's a fairly even spread across the mid-range of each choice with a small bias towards Worthy Cause.

Map of the UK split into regions. Wales, East England, West Midlands and Scotland favouring "Waste of Time" with the rest of the UK favouring "Worthy Cause"

NB: Qriously is an app still in trial stages. The sample will be biased towards people willing to try pre-release software.

*qriously provides a count of question views, not actual users polled. Views will be counted up to twice per user, meaning that the actual number of users who saw the question lies somewhere between 14,035 and 28,070.

Written by Weefz

19 October, 2011 at 12:08 pm

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Google Results: Social Circle?

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What do you think of Google’s new “Results from people in your social circle” section?

Google search results including people I know

My first instincts are “Hey, that’s me! Wait, why doesn’t it know that?” And “Ooo, Zath! Hi Simon!”

Secondly, I’m already following the people in my social circle in a hundred different ways, but come to think of it… I’m not following them that closely. It does actually help to see what’s relevant in my search results.

And thirdly, this is an excellent opportunity for bloggers to get more exposure. I have yet to figure out the full algorithm for “people in your social circle” but clearly gmail is involved. I wonder about Buzz. Now I just need to figure out how to tell it that I’m the one who runs The Average Gamer and start emailing important people ;)


Here’s the explanation for my social circle.

This is the network of connections Google uses to identify relevant social search results. It is based on a combination of the following:

  • Direct connections from your Google chat buddies and contacts (29, 18 with content)
  • Direct connections from links listed on your Google profile (0) such as Twitter and FriendFeed
  • Secondary connections (5323) that are publicly associated with your direct connections

In addition to web pages from your social circle, posts from your Google Reader subscriptions may also appear in your social search results.


Written by Weefz

7 July, 2010 at 11:38 am

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