In fact, it has such potential to bear valuable data that Mashable reports Wall Street is betting on this as a huge growth market. Guest writer and media analyst Andrew Graham writes:
Wall Street’s interest in using social networks is far-reaching. Many other social media platforms are receiving attention from investment managers who are searching for the next edge; looking to slice and dice content from social networks to arrive at meaningful conclusions.
It’s clear that your customers are out there having conversations about your products and you have to understand what they’re saying. There are tools from services like Radian 6 (recently purchased by Salesforce.com), BuzzLogic and Alterian to name but a few.
Using these tools you can build a better understanding of what people are saying about your products before a situation develops, whether it’s and unfavorable post in a popular blog or a Twitter thread about a problem with your latest release. And it doesn’t have to be all negative because your customers can be your best marketers too, and it’s important to hear what they like as well as what bugs them.
Clearly it makes sense to understand what your customers are saying about you on social networks — whether it’s good or bad — to give you insight into your customer’s thinking. I’m not completely convinced that can translate into a broader analysis of trends that can influence actual investments, but that hasn’t stopped Wall Street from tilting at wind mills before.
For today, it’s enough to understand that you as a company can analyze that data and find information that is meaningful for you and it’s all part of the company data pile.