How Microsoft will scrape and crunch Twitter

Jennifer Chayes, the chief of Microsoft's new research lab in Cambridge, Mass., was telling me yesterday about her Twitter epiphany. A theoretical mathematician, Chayes was at one of Tim O'Reilly's

Jennifer Chayes, the chief of Microsoft’s new research lab in Cambridge, Mass., was telling me yesterday about her Twitter epiphany. A theoretical mathematician, Chayes was at one of Tim O’Reilly’s “Foo Camps.” These are open-ended brainstorming sessions for groups of 150-300 people. She was telling Laura Fitton, a Twitter expert, that she just didn’t get the microblogging, and didn’t see why people would follow so many others.

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