Nowadays, social networks and media, such as Facebook, Twitter & Co, affect our communication and our exchange of knowledge more than ever. But which additional benefits can offer social media apart from easy interaction with friends and how can they be used to create additional value for companies and institutions? These are the questions that the area Social Computing at Know-Center addresses in detail.
In this talk we will give a brief overview of industry and non-industry related research projects which we have been involved in recently with my group, Social Computing at the Know-Center, in the context of Big Data and social media. In particular, the talk will highlight specific research project outcomes and work-in-progress that make use of social media data to help people to explore the vastly growing overloaded information space more efficiently.