An Industry Association for Social Data: The Big Boulder Initiative

Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 10.09.37 AMA few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a working session of The Big Boulder Initiative, an industry association founded to promote understanding and development of the emerging  social data market.

It’s been an eventful week in the industry; Topsy was acquired by Apple earlier this week, and DataSift raised an impressive $42 million in their series C round of funding. With increasing momentum comes increasing complexity, and The Big Boulder Initiative has been convened  to identify, prioritize and begin to address the most pressing technology, business and consumer concerns affecting the future of the social data industry.

Here’s the video summarizing the event:

The Big Boulder Initiative from Gnip on Vimeo.

The issues we discussed were:

  • Privacy, Trust & Regulation
  • ROI & Value
  • Data Access
  • Data Standardization
  • Cost of Data
  • Data Quality & Validity

Here is a summary of what was discussed and agreed to at the meetings in Seattle, New York, Washington D.C. and San Francisco.

I’m honored to announce that I’ve been elected to the board, along with some of the most knowledgeable and thoughtful folks in the industry:

In the interest of transparency, I should state that while Gnip convened this group and Chris Moody, CEO of Gnip, is interim chairman, the first order of business for the board will be to elect a new chairperson from among the members and actively recruit more members–explicitly including direct competitors–to join the initiative. [Update from Chris: his role is currently interim but he intends to throw his hat in the ring for full-time chair.  The decision will be made by the board as a whole.]

The goal is for this to be an association that serves the industry rather than individual companies or agendas.

The first board meeting will occur in  January; in the meantime, if you have questions, would like to participate or would like to be included in future communications, please contact Chris Moody at Gnip.

I’m honored to be working with such an impressive group of people and look forward to rolling up my sleeves in 2014. More to come!

About susanetlinger

Industry Analyst at Altimeter Group
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4 Responses to An Industry Association for Social Data: The Big Boulder Initiative

  1. Jason Gowans says:

    Reblogged this on Residual Analysis and commented:
    Looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with these amazing people on the Big Boulder Initiative.


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  4. Barbara Frontera says:

    This is exactly what is needed in this space. Can’t wait to see the direction you take.


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