hedging bets on Tweeters’ sentiment

News junkies are not the only ones who have taken notice of the value of information coming out of Twitter. Derwent Capital Markets is developing a “Twitter hedge fund” that will make market predictions solely based on sentiment analysis of Twitter users (based on research out of MIT). Based on initial investor interest, Derwent Absolute Return Fund Ltd is expected to launch with approximately $100 million in assets.

via Twitter Is About To Get Bigger – Kashmir Hill – The Not-So Private Parts – Forbes.

#pbr — when is a banker bonus not a banker bonus….(aka you did your best Darling)

…when it is (not so) cleverly disguised as a ….?

After the #pbr announcement this afternoon, I put up a quick Twitter question regarding how Darling will be able to police how bonuses are paid and how banks *may* decide to reward bankers without using the B word….here are some of the replies.  Any more to add?


Cross posted with my employer’s blog

grim reading for tech PRs

Anyone in technology PR who isn’t recalibrating their business and tightening their belts should take a look at the latest list collated by CNET on tech redundancies.  CNET has also put together a link to track its coverage of layoffs and financial news within the sector here and suggests a Twitter search to get a live picture of the situation.  It ain’t pretty.


As clients and prospects increasingly look to cut costs it is imperative they see value, creativity, impeccable quality, huge results and genuine business benefit from the campaigns we run.

So the old “plan for the worst, hope for the best” saying has rarely been truer than today.

is there a bright side in today’s economy?

Any excuse to watch a bit of Monty Python!

Anyway, I have been chatting to many people over the past week about the current financial situation and the Lehman nightmare in particular and I honestly believe that whilst absolutely dreadful for many individuals involved, a crisis such as this usually needs to happen.

Markets need to re-adjust, be it financial, housing or others and the surge of talented employees now on the market, combined with lower property and business service costs provide an opportunity for many businesses to expand, hire people they wouldn’t have been able to attract at one time and get their own businesses in better shape.

Just read this post from my pal Ged:

This is not about belittling the personal tragedies of Lehman employees who have been laid off, but instead looking at the bigger picture.

  • You have a surplus of skills: IT professionals, quant / math freaks, economists and former rocket scientists – all of which could be useful in coming up with a killer technology application or web service. Think about it this way – former Morgan Stanley computer programmer Joshua Schachter came up with del.icio.us
  • Some interesting points about why change can be a good thing.