The Social Media Listening Center at Clemson University is an interdisciplinary research lab and teaching facility that opened in early 2012. Envisioned by CIO Jim Bottum, the Listening Center brings together faculty, staff, students and external partners to support undergraduate creative inquiry, faculty research, pedagogy, and outreach through social media listening.
The SMLC has six large display screens that faculty and students monitor, similar to a small network operations center. Salesforce Radian6 provides the platform to listen, discover, measure and engage in conversations across the Web by capturing more than 150 million sources of social media conversations, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, blogs and other online communities. The Radian6 summary dashboard provides a graphic display of social media content to convey sentiment, share of voice, trend information, geo-location data and much more.
Sample projects include student teams listening to:
At the university, the SMLC is a collaborative initiative between Clemson Computing and Information Technology, the Clemson University Cyberinstitute, the College of Business and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities.
Fox Carolina News was live from the SMLC on September 26th, 2013