We are all analysts now

We are all analysts. We have all the information at our disposal and we will marry that to our experiences and opinions. We don’t have faith in the established financial, political, consumer and even sporting analys systems because they’ve proven fallible. Which is ok, but not when you’re taking a fee.

We’re in a world where:

  1. There is general public mistrust of Big Bailed Business – in a world where information is a click away, citizens can see how companies are faring and paying themselves
  2. Social media is a broadly accepted media channel. Pastor bloggers, mommy networks, Republican tweeters have skyrocketed in growth, and online has become flooded with “Hire me! I’m a social media and SEO Expert!”.
  3. We have a stake in the tools that we use. Open Source software allows for tinkering, adapting and contribution. Users feel they can make their own software better, and therefore they can pass criticism on it.
  4. Political analysis is quite detailed, but, like sports analysis, if you slap a 24-7 news channel on anything you can change your tune under the glare of the klieg lamps. Spotlights create more 360 degrees of shadow.


XBRLSpy: XBRL: An attempt to empower amateur analysts?
Dianne takes the view that the XBRL ruling in the US may mean many things, but it was not created to empower amateur analysts. That may be a by-product, but the millions of dollars pumped into XBRL had more upstream application.

Monkchips: Software ecosystems and convergence
James is an industry analyst for IT issues and Environmental issues – therefore you get a multisided take on both. Redmonk use the web natively, and are therefore specialists across a broad spectrum (no sic).

IR Web Report: Time to open up your earnings calls to bloggers
Dominic points out that Barack Obama called on a blogger for questions in his briefing. Research has also shown that blogs have become influential, and in many case, are as good a source for stock picking as the traditional sources. Companies should open up their calls to influential bloggers.

Re:The Auditors: Who Guards the Guardians?
Francine covers the big four accounting firms, and doesn’t let them get away with anything. Extremely influential. 

Alacra: A list of analysts
This list is of analysts in many sectors – some are formal analysts from firms (Gartner, Forrester, Redmonk) and others more informal.  

Remember desktop publishing? We don’t call ourselves Publishers. 

Blogging? Some call themselves Bloggers, but it implies “thinker and commentator” rather than a person who simply posts. Very like a poet.

This meme came about a week after finding some serendipitous links, usually via Twitter. I’m calling it to become big – especially as it is foreseen that people are going to get very pissed off this year.

About Derek

My key interests are online investor relations, websites, social media, enterprise 2.0 and intranets, and XBRL. Speak to me if you need a solution in any of these disciplines, or follow my knowledge links on this site and others. Find me on Twitter, LinkedIn or in recent conversations.

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