Posts Tagged ‘social data’

Gnip Acquired by Twitter


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

Linking Parliamentary Big Data for Political Research


Dan Jellinek of UK Authority recently wrote, “A two-year project using ‘big data’ computing techniques to link records of Parliamentary debates with other social data could be ‘transformative’ for political research, the UK academic leading the project has said. ‘Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data’ is one of 14 international projects to win a share of a £3m Digging into Data Award, an international competition to develop new ways of handling ‘big data’ in humanities and social science research. It will develop semantic search tools to analyse databases of political debates in the UK, Canada and the Netherlands from 1800 to the present, enhancing the study of issues such as the history of left-right ideological polarisation in powerful ways, according to its leaders.” Read more

VivaKi Partners with The Echo System & Voxsup on Social Intelligence Platform

According to an article out of VivaKi,  the company has announced “a partnership with The Echo System and Voxsup. The combination of The Echo System and Voxsup gives Publicis Groupe clients access to unparalleled brand insights and solutions through a social intelligence platform that mines over four years of social data from every major social network.  These unique social insights are served up via proprietary algorithms that deliver an unmatched level of brand, platform and competitive intelligence.” Read more

LocalResponse Raises $5M

LocalResponse, a new startup in the social media mobile ad space, is using semantic analysis to capitalize on real-time social data: “LocalResponse was born out of the ashes of Buzzd, a city guide that mashed up Foursquare and Twitter to help users find local hotspots. Founder Nihal Mehta learned a valuable lesson in defeat, and this week raised a $5 million round… Buzzd was a consumer facing platform, but failed to attract enough users. LocalResponse, by contrast, take the massive amount of public data being shared on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare, and turns that into ad inventory.” Read more

Citizen Sensing and the Semantic Web

A new article discusses the growing trend of citizen sensing. It states, “In 1999, before the advent of Foursquare, mobile Twitter clients or sensor-enabled phones, a somewhat prescient Neil Gross in Bloomberg Business Week said: “In the next century, planet earth will don an electronic skin. It will use the Internet as a scaffold to support and transmit its sensations.” A new area of research called ‘citizen sensing’ has emerged since then that aims to derive collective knowledge from the actions and reactions of individuals armed with internet-enabled mobile devices.” Read more

Introducing Inside Facebook’s 2012 Election Tracker

A great data set has been made available with WebMediaBrands’ 2012 Election Tracker. According to the article, “The Election Tracker, produced in association with Facebook, is published through, the leading news site covering the Facebook business and marketing ecosystem, and uses data provided by Facebook to track total fans and top gainers by party and by race.” Read more

Walmart Pushes for Greater Online Sales through Social Genome Technology

A recent article reports, “In April, Walmart dropped $300 million on social media startup Kosmix to compete against Amazon with @WalmartLabs. Specifically, the retailer was targeting Anand Rajaraman, 38, and Venky Harinarayan, 44, who founded Kosmix, the creator of TweetBeat. The Stanford grads also founded Junglee, an e-commerce company that Amazon bought back in 1998 for more than $250 million (where they then worked for two years, building its marketplace division).” Read more

Preventing Pandemics with HealthMap

According to a recent article, “A growing segment of the medical community believes that is a realistic possibility and is increasingly looking at ways to harness the power of blogs, news outlets and social-networking websites to detect disease patterns around the world. Dozens of researchers gathered Monday at a pandemic conference in Toronto to hear about the progress one expert has made toward achieving those goals. John Brownstein, an epidemiologist who works as a researcher at Children’s Hospital Boston, told researchers instead of relying solely on government-based disease-surveillance systems, they should recognize the power of clues coming from individuals on the ground.” Read more

Smartphone Apps and Big Data

A new Financial Times article discusses the rise of the smartphone app and the data they collect: “Displaying up-to-the-minute information on everything from train times to cinema schedules, apps have in short order become a ubiquitous feature of smartphones. To most users, they are simply useful and entertaining tools. As well as providing users with information, however, these mobile software applications are also insatiable data-gatherers. Even the most mundane apps often collect a surprising amount from handsets just to do their jobs. This has put them at the forefront of a fast-evolving science based on the business use of consumer data. If there is commercial advantage to be gained, it seems, almost nothing is too insignificant to be collected and analysed.” Read more