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Author: Sebastian Hempstead

Sebastian Hempstead

Social data: don't miss the boat

In the movie Mallrats, there’s a clip where one character, William, stares into a Magic Eye image, waiting to see a sailboat hidden in the picture.

Packed lunch in hand, he’s determined to stare until he finds it. Yet William’s frustration only grows as many passerby and children see the boat while he only sees the ‘white noise.’

For me, the conversations at Econsultancy's recent Social Media Roundtable in New York highlighted the challenge for the enterprise to see the sailboat, camouflaged by the white noise of vast digital data.

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