Social Media Semantics

Facebook Has Ditched Its Bing Search Feature

FacebookAmit Chowdhry of Forbes reports, “Facebook has over a trillion status updates, text posts, photos and pieces of content archived, which is why the social network company has been heavily focused on improving its search engine. Over the last few years, Facebook displayed results from Bing.com for keyword searches since they had a partnership with Microsoft. However, Facebook recently decided to completely remove Microsoft Bing search results. ‘We’re not currently showing web search results in Facebook Search because we’re focused on helping people find what’s been shared with them on Facebook,’ said a Facebook spokesperson in an interview with Reuters. ‘We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas’.” Read more

Google Adds a Dose of Machine Learning, NLP to Hangouts

Google LogoStephen Shankland of CNet recently reported, “Google updated its Hangouts app on Wednesday so the multipurpose communication tool can detect when people are trying to find each other and make it easier to connect. The updated app, available for Google’s Android mobile operating system first but submitted to Apple for approval on iOS, also lets people express themselves with stickers and video filter effects, Bradley Horowitz, vice president of product at Google, said at the LeWeb conference here.”

Shankland continues, “The new app works by using natural-language processing to discover when one person has asked — in a variety of ways — where the other person is. Read more

Facebook’s Graph Search Now Lets You Search for Specific Posts

FacebookAmit Chowdhry of Forbes reports, “This week, Facebook is adding the ability to search for keywords contained within posts, photos, articles and videos that were shared with you. Facebook’s semantic Graph Search features like the ability to search for the phrases “My friends that work at Facebook” and “Photos of my friends” has not changed. Facebook launched Graph Search in beta last year. Facebook decided to add the post search feature after receiving feedback from users… ‘With a quick search, you can get back to a fun video from your graduation, a news article you’ve been meaning to read, or photos from your friend’s wedding last summer,’ said Tom Stocky.” Read more

Facebook Messenger, The Internet of Things, and Your Privacy

messengerDaniel Newman of Forbes recently wrote, “Over the last month there has been an unfathomable amount of content published about the massive privacy intrusion that is Facebook Messenger. With the ability to intrude into the lives of its users in ways that the NSA would never think to, it isn’t a surprise that the new download brought such strong opinions; many of which served as recommendations to not download the application. The good news about the widespread dialogue on messenger is that it brought to light the issues that surround privacy of data. Further implicating what some of us have always known. “When the service is free, the user is the product.” Make sense? In other words, when companies like Facebook create applications that we use in our everyday lives, for free, the real price is in what we sacrifice for the right to use the application for free, our data.” Read more

Blab Builds The Conversation Graph

blab2We have the Knowledge Graph, the Enterprise Graph, the Researcher Graph, the Supply Chain Graph – and now, the Conversation Graph, too

That’s how Blab characterizes the work it’s doing to add structure to the chaotic world of online conversation, normalizing and patterning the world’s discussions across 50,000 social network, news outlet, blog, video and other channels, regardless of language – to the tune of some hundred million posts per day and 1 million predictions per minute. Near realtime predictions, says CEO Randy Browning, of what a target audience will be interested in a 72-hour forward-looking window based on what they’re talking about now, so that customers can tailor their buying strategies for AdWords or search terms as well as create or deploy content that’s relevant to those interests.

“We predict what will be important to people so they can buy search terms or AdWords at a great price before the market or Google sees it,” he says. That’s the main reason customers turn to Blab today, with optimizing their own content taking second place. Crisis management is the third deployment rationale. “If a brand has multiple issues, we can tell them which will be significant or which will be a blip and then fade away, so they can get a predictive understanding of where to focus their resources to mitigate issues coming down the pike.

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Google Acquires Emu, a Messaging & Personal Assistant App

emuMark Langshaw of Digital Spy reports, “Google has acquired the company behind Emu, a messaging app that doubles as a personal assistant. The existing application, which was for iPhone only, will be pulled from the App Store later this month.’As of August 25, 2014, we’ll be shutting down the Emu app. It will no longer be available in the App Store, and existing users won’t be able to send, receive, or download messages. We know it’s an inconvenience, and we regret that,’ said the firm in a statement. Emu uses intelligent learning and natural language processing to present the user with relevant information in real-time, and can be integrated with other services.” Read more

Deep Learning Startup Madbits Acquired by Twitter

MADBITSDerrick Harris of GigaOM reports, “Twitter has acquired a stealthy computer vision startup called Madbits, which was founded by former New York University researchers. Clément Farabet and Louis-Alexandre Etezad-Heydari. Farabet is a protégé of Facebook AI Lab director and New York University professor Yann LeCun, while Etezad-Heydari was advised by Larry Maloney and Eero Simoncelli.” Read more

University of Sydney Working on NLP Social Media Tools for Suicide Prevention

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Leon Spencer of ZDnet reports, “Social media psychotherapy could be the next big thing in the field of mental health management if the development of a new internet-based tool called CyberMate by the University of Sydney gets off the ground. According to the university, the team behind the CyberMate project will adapt online tracking techniques used by marketing analysts, along with digital social media and internet data to support interventions for young people affected by depression and other mental health issues. The researchers working on the project aim to design algorithms that will give the online tool the ability to screen a young person’s social networking pages such as Facebook or Twitter for comments that may indicate potential self-harm. CyberMate would then act as a quasi-psychotherapist and engage with the young online user, suggesting options for help or support via email or SMS.” Read more

Wavii Founder Leaves Google One Year After Acquisition

wavii logoAlexia Tsotsis of TechCrunch reports, “Lots of Google executives are at the Re/Code Code conference in Rancho Palos Verdes this week. But at least one of them won’t be a Google executive for very much longer. Wavii founder Adrian Aoun is leaving the search company, a little more than a year after the $30 million acquisition of his content aggregation startup, in order to start a second company. It is unclear whether he left money on the table.” Read more

Major Updates on State iPhone App Help People to Connect Globally

Major Updates on State iPhone App Help People to Connect Globally and to Explore All Points of View

LONDON, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — State launched a major mobile app update for iPhone today that makes it easier for anyone to quickly State their opinions, get them counted and connect with others around the world who share their views. The app features a new world map that shows global conversation unfolding in real-time for each topic, plotting clusters of like-minded people and instantly uniting them around issues they care about.

 

Often only the most popular, least tolerant or loudest get heard. Commenting online is unsatisfying. Conversations are dominated by a handful of extremists or a single point of view. No collective wisdom emerges. Connections are even harder to come by. State’s iPhone app, now available to download in the App Store, changes that dynamic. Read more

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