Citizen pollster

Citizen pollster: Every few months, I will continue to say this. If you want to listen to the “numbers” of the Internet — to what the numbers associated with RSS feeds reveal, for example — then watch the way Patrick Ruffini creates tools to measure the conversation statistics. While he is a passionate partisan and his focus is often the shaping-up of the 2008 GOP presidential nomination (although, he can also be bi-partisan in in his research), I recommend that you study his approach and think about how it could be applied to other research challenges.