It's interesting to see an article on BlogPulse's top news stories for yesterday about Intelliseek/BuzzMetrics (and by implication, BlogPulse). It's also interesting to hear that BuzzMetrics is referred to as a 'giant' in this space:
To capture the chatter, Nielsen BuzzMetrics, a giant in the industry, uses software that collects hundreds of thousands of comments a day. The technology can scan for specific companies, products, brands, people -- anything searchable. It can slice data into a range of categories to quantify the number of times a subject was discussed online, the individuals who mentioned it and the communities where it appeared.
Hundreds of thousands is probably an underestimate. Also the 'anything searchable' is an undervaluation of our technology. The expectations of search are far weaker than what true text mining, nlp and categorization technology can do. Anyway, nice article.