The Federal Reserve, in a "Request for Proposals" submitted to companies that are Fed vendors, is requesting proposals for the creation of a "Social Listening Platform" whose function is to "gather data from various social media outlets and news sources," ZeroHedge is reporting. The proposal calls for a platform that will "monitor billions of conversations and generate text analytics based on predefined criteria."
The Fed's RFP states that the desired product should be able to "determine the sentiment of a speaker or writer with respect to some topic or document"... "The solution must be able to gather data from the primary social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Forums and YouTube. It should also be able to aggregate data from various media outlets such as: CNN, WSJ, Factiva etc." Most importantly, the "Listening Platform" should be able to "Handle crisis situations, Continuously monitor conversations, and Identify and reach out to key bloggers and influencers."
(Via Andre Grillon and JR)