How do you get your data?

December 11, 2009 · 1 min read

Google: "The information is out there, we just have to crawl it and index it."

Amazon: "The data lies in user behavior, we just have to apply the right machine-learning technique."

Facebook: "If we make it fun, users will enter the data themselves."

Twitter: "If we build an API, third parties will solve the problem and all the data will just flow through our system."

How do you get your data?

(PS: People who don't have an answer to this question yet: most of the social-recommendations apps, all the semantic web guys)

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