Don’t listen to the Global Geek Podcast!

I warn you just don’t listen to the Global Geek Podcast #30 if you want to keep you your productivity. On the show they speak briefly about a little site called Swivel.

What can be so bad about one site! It is so addictive it should be outlawed. To quote the Swivel web site “Swivel is a Web site for curious people to explore data.” Essentially you can upload any data and compare it to any other publicly available data on the site, then create really nice graphs. They make money by allowing you to sign up to keep your data private, you can still compare your data to everyone else’s public data.

Overall a very interesting tool with huge potential that take user generated content to the extreme. Right no not a huge amount of HR/Recruiting related data but I can see opportunities for organisations to open source their data to allow major mashups.

My only complaint is the site can get a little slow at times, I also wish when you saved changes to your data it did not default back to the overview page again.

8 thoughts on “Don’t listen to the Global Geek Podcast!

  1. Oh My God! This is exactly what I was talking to Cameron and Clarke about. If you gather enough info, you can start to correlate weird stuff together.

    Most people who listen to Father Bob have yellow cars. I listen to Father Bob, therefore I’m thinking of buying a yellow car.

    Thanks for the link, it’s amazing how we have ideas separately, but at the same time. I wonder what the chances of that are!!

  2. Brian, a great tool I just don’t have the time to spend to dig into it as far as I would like, I think I lost about 2-3 hours yesterday thanks to Swivel.

    Tony, Very scary! I think the concepts within Swivel rock and may have a profound impact on business intelligence as we go forward.

  3. Damn Michael, you had me worried there when I saw the post title in the trackback!

    Swivel is an excellent service and will be a massive resource when the data grows. The potential is well, BIG.

    We did not get a comment from the developer though, nice work.

    Sorry about the “loss” of productivity.

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