Due to the fact that news often breaks on Twitter, it’s no surprise that The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) over in the US spends a LOT of time monitoring our tweets.
According to Gawker, the CIA’s Virginia-based Open Source Center monitors Facebook (despite lots of profiles being private), Twitter and the blogosphere for the most up to date information about what’s happening all around the world.
Around five million tweets a day are apparently read, which means a hell of a lot of memes and declarations of love for Bieber and Gaga.
A lot of the monitoring is to obviously see what’s going on in real-time, but it’s also to gauge how the US is perceived abroad and reports are collated everyday which sometimes even make it up to the president too.[Via Gawker]
By Becca Caddy | November 4th, 2011