So, it seems that word bursting is now all the rage. They have a page of bursts over at Daypop and I think something similar at technorati. The idea isn’t all that groundbreaking: it’s what Google has been doing for some time with their Zeitgeist.
Nonetheless, having it out there and done frees me a bit from hurrying the work I was doing in a similar vein. I presented an early version of this at the conference last October (the pdf is here). I still think the method I am using is worthwhile, but it probably isn’t all that original.
Instead I’ll focus on a less proximate goal, which is rolling this into a larger community identification and tracking system. Assuming I can get enough together to have a test platform ready by the start of summer, I may apply to NSF (career grant) to cover further research.