Our recent Big Boulder conference was a milestone in the growth and evolution of the commercial social media industry. Data publishers and data consumers alike came together to discuss what the continued onslaught of public social data means to commerce, and public services. While there is plenty more to do, it was great seeing some consistency in approach, vocabulary, needs, and wants emerge. The ecosystem was nothing but a hodge-podge of interests and firms just a few years ago.
I just had another moment that felt like another milestone. While evaluating resumes for our Product Manager position, I was telling someone who had submitted their resume that we were looking for someone with more domain expertise. The industry has matured to the point that such a thing actually exists! Domain expertise in commercial social data is actually a tangible thing now.