VersuS, world ideas 2011
In 2011 we harvested information from popular social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr).
The image shows the places in which people used social networks to say "I have an idea" and received at least 3 meaningful replies.
About 600 thousands messages were collected, in 29 languages from all parts of the planet.
People collaborating worldwide, transforming their individual creativity into usable knowledge for the world.
Searched for the phrase "I have an idea", or one of dozens of variations, followed by at least a full sentence using social network public APIs. By "meaningful reply" it is meant a textual reply composed by at least a full sentence exposing one of many forms of text which can be interpreted as a "discussion" (for example "...have you thought..." or "...make it better...").
Searches were performed using 29 languages by using linguistic templates in those languages and also leveraging a multi-lingual dictionary of around 20 million terms (words, abbreviations, mis-spellings, acronyms, colloquial/slang, weighted according to their rate of occurrence in texts of known languages).
Total messages captured from Jan. 1st 2011 to Dec. 31st 2011 is 37412583. (this is much lower than the actual messages generated on the listed social networks, and it is due to our technical limitations and to the limits of the public APIs we used to harvest information).
In accordance to the service providers' Terms of Service agreements, we do not store user/messages information on our servers, but only the aggregate information we can infer from it.
All information is available for research purposes, and can be requested by sending emails to firstname.lastname@example.org