Researchers and policymakers rely on timely, granular data to enhance the impact of analysis underlying policies to support development. The emergence of social media presents new opportunities for real-time data, but can it be harnessed for sustainable development? Join a panel of experts in a discussion of the findings from the Special Supplement of Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2022 on Natural Language Processing of social media text and the novel opportunities of social media analytics for supporting development practice.