We wanted to crowdsource thought. We turned to Twitter, which is an easy way for us to express our opinions about various subjects, such as companies and movies. We hypothesized that if people think positively about a company, and are thus tweeting good things about it, then the company is likely to be succeeding financially. In the future, we plan to use this data to help predict how a company will do in the future. We could also provide feedback to the company by informing them of recurring opinions people have.
We also decided to experiment with using this data for movie reviews using rotten tomatoes and potentially interface with any rating system. This would result more honest reviews and a lower requirement to perform these actions. This would work because of the larger sample size.