Social Media Semantics

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

Gnip Acquired by Twitter

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Twitter has acquired Gnip, a social data provider that we have covered in the past. According to Chris Moody of Gnip, “Combining forces with Twitter allows us to go much faster and much deeper. We’ll be able to support a broader set of use cases across a diverse set of users including brands, universities, agencies, and developers big and small. Joining Twitter also provides us access to resources and infrastructure to scale to the next level and offer new products and solutions. This acquisition signals clear recognition that investments in social data are healthier than ever. Our customers can continue to build and innovate on one of the world’s largest and most trusted providers of social data and the foundation for innovation is now even stronger. We will continue to serve you with the best data products available and will be introducing new offerings with Twitter to better meet your needs and help you continue to deliver truly innovative solutions.” Read more

Twitris Measures Sentiment About Indian Elections

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Oneindia News recently shared a new case study of how Twitris was used to measure sentiment about the current elections in India. The article begins, “Based on 900,000 tweets collected from 15 states about three major political parties (BJP, Congress and AAP), our analysis shows how people talked about and reacted to each political party. Using Twitris, their Collective Social Intelligence platform, the researchers at the Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-enabled Computing (Kno.e.sis) at Wright State University processed each tweet to compute sentiment about the mentioned political party. One parameter to measure popularity is to check which political party gets most positive sentiment or least negative sentiment. Just counting negative (or positive) sentiments on a politician provides, as in this Deccan Herald story, provides little useful information about the state of electorate.” Read more

Google, Facebook, and the Cold War

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Ron Callari of Inventor Spot recently wrote, “It’s hard to say, looking twenty to thirty years into the future, just how different the digital landscape will look. Semantic Technology, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Web 3.0 are presently only toddling along in their infant stage. What they will look like in the next few decades is only guesswork on our part.  However if we were pressed to gamble on the outcome, a smart man’s wager might be that the last two digital super powers left standing will be Google and Facebook [with the possible exception of China]. A CNN Money report describes this evolution as analogous to the ‘Cold War,’ to conjure up imagery of what transpired between America and the Soviet Union, post World War II.” Read more

Microsoft Works to Make Office 365 Smarter with Machine Learning

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Juan Carlos Perez of InfoWorld reports, “Microsoft will add new software, developer tools and capabilities to Office 365 in an attempt to make the cloud applications suite a ‘smarter’ product that is better at helping people interact at work. At its SharePoint Conference, which kicks off in Las Vegas on Monday, Microsoft will demonstrate a new machine learning application code-named Oslo designed to understand how employees work in Office 365 and with whom. Oslo will base its insights on a variety of signals gleaned from how people use Office 365′s components, like Exchange Online for email, OneDrive for Business for storage, Lync Online for IM and video conferencing, SharePoint Online for team collaboration and Yammer for enterprise social networking. Microsoft calls this information the Office Graph.” Read more

Make the Most of Social Media with Latent Semantic Analysis

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Nathan Robertson of Business2Community recently wrote, “Now that business owners are starting to take social media seriously, they are finding that understanding the information that is coming to them at lightning speed has a way of getting away from them before they can make any sense of it. This new form of big data means the creation of a new way of aggregating and breaking down data so businesses can understand what consumers and potential consumers are saying about them, who is buying from them, who isn’t—and why not.” Read more

Oracle Social Cloud Improves Usability of Social Measurement and Monitoring Tools for Global Customers

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REDWOOD SHORES, CA–(Marketwired – Jan 6, 2014) – Oracle (NYSE: ORCL)

 

News Summary
In today’s hyper-connected, global marketplace, social solutions require the ability to listen, engage, publish and learn across multiple regions, languages and cultures. To help organizations meet their social business objectives, Oracle Social Relationship Management (SRM), an Oracle Social Cloud business solution, has been extended to support new languages, data sources and capabilities.

 

News Facts

 

  • Enabling customers to improve social monitoring and management capabilities globally, Oracle announced extended language and data support for Oracle Social Relationship Management (SRM). Read more

Hinge Brings Semantic Tech to Finding a Relationship

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Rob LeFebvre of Cult of Mac reports, “55 percent of Hinge users are looking to find a relationship, according to internal user surveys by the app developer. 35 percent want to find good dates. Only 5 percent admit to just wanting a hookup. That’s a huge contrast from other apps like OK Cupid or Tinder, said Hinge developer Justin McLeod, who spoke to Cult of Mac over Skype. His goal, he said, was to create a much better dating app, one that was just as easy to join as Tinder, but with more quality results. It seems to be working, as the app is growing by 10 percent every week.” Read more

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