I attended a panel yesterday (at the Personal Democracy Forum 2008) on the live web (Robert Scoble, Bhaskar Roy, Max Haot, Keith McSpurren). A couple of observations about streaming live video, tweets, etc.
- The production of these streams leaves little room - or time - for self editing.
- The consumption of this data leaves little room for filtering - why would we consume real time data yesterday?
One problem that I see with the tools we currently have for handling this data is that they will follow the path of email. Email clients rapidly evolved to the 3-pane approach to consumption and never went anywhere else. There are no real analytical tools (except, perhaps, Xobni) for helping us deal with email.
I see an opportunity in this space for user facing tools that leverage the advances in social media analysis (including text mining, network analysis, etc.) to help us summarize and select the data, making the data more relevant, and the consumption more efficient.