My Middle East colleagues were liveblogging the first round of the Egyptian elections, and I offered to help them on the social media side. They had an Arabic speaker working with them, so I focused only on English language content.
Once it was over, I thought it would be useful to put together a recap and illustrate how to find and monitor trends. This is among the most common questions I get from people about social media – how to start from essentially nothing and develop an effective monitoring scheme. The answer is to start with a general search and break it down as you start noticing patterns and important people.
Here’s how that worked in this particular case (click to view full size):