IANS Live recently wrote, “[Twitter] has finally given access to its vast database to a selected pool of researchers to study tweets and find answers to a variety of issues. As part of its ambitious data grant programme, Twitter is allowing academic researchers across various fields to ‘go back and study things’ over, with almost a decade of historical data, Washington Post reported. While Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital are looking at tweets about food-poisoning cases to find answers to the spread of food-borne illnesses, researchers from the University of California at San Diego are studying whether happy people are likely to post happy images on Twitter.” Read more
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Anu Passary of Tech Times reports, “Microblogging site Twitter is gearing up to partner with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on a new project, which hopes to gain a better understanding of online interactions. Twitter is investing $10 million for the development of the Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM) over a five-year period. The new MIT Lab will produce a new social networking platform, analytic tools and also mobile apps that will connect individuals better. The LSM will be able to access Twitter’s live streams of tweets and the site’s public archives right from the time Twitter began. The project will focus on the creation of novel technology that can understand ‘semantic and social patterns’.” Read more
Alexandre Passant, founder of seevl, which we have covered before, has hacked together a cool proof of concept. He describes the project as using “Twitter As A Service,” and it leverages Twitter, YouTube, and the seevl API. As Passant describes, “The result is a twitter bot, running under our @seevl handle, which accepts a few (controlled) natural-language queries and replies with an appropriate track, embedded in a Tweet via a YouTube card.”
He continues, “As it’s all Twitter-based, not only you can send messages, but you can have a conversation with your virtual DJ.”
Derrick 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
Kalev Leetaru of Wired recently wrote, “For its flagship new reality show Opposite Worlds the Syfy channel wanted to let the audience ‘remote control’ the show via social media. I worked with Syfy to create what ultimately became its real-time ‘Twitter Popularity Index.’ The Index combines the intensity of conversation around each character, the number of unique discussants, and the emotion of that discussion using a new sentiment engine powered by over 1.6 million words, phrases and common misspellings and colloquial expressions. Using our Index, Opposite Worlds records across the board in Twitter engagement for a cable television series.” Read more
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
This week saw schema.org introduce vocabulary that enables websites to describe the actions they enable and how these actions can be invoked, in the hope that these additions will help unleash new categories of applications, according to a new post by Dan Brickley.
This represents an expansion of the vocabulary’s focus point from describing entities to taking action on these entities. The work has been in progress, Brickley explains here, for the last couple of years, building on the http://schema.org/Action types added last August by providing a way of describing the capability to perform actions in the future.
The three action status type now includes PotentialActionStatus for a description of an action that is supported, ActiveActionStatus for an in-progress action, and CompletedActionStatus, for an action that has already taken place.
Jessica McKenzie of Tech President reports, “An international group of researchers led by the University of Sheffield is building a social media “lie detector” named Pheme, after the mythological rumormonger, that can determine in real time whether a information spread on social media is true or false. The idea is that identifying misinformation would allow journalists, government agencies, emergency response, health providers and private companies to respond to emergencies and other events more effectively.” Read more
Twitter is looking for a Software Engineer – NLP Arabic in San Francisco, CA. According to the post, “Twitter is looking for engineers who are passionate about delivering a great user experience to our Arabic speaking users. Based in Twitter’s San Francisco HQ, you will work closely with our product management team, interaction designers and localization specialists on bringing new infrastructure or product features to our Arabic speaking markets. Potential projects includes overhauling our Arabic language tokenization, Right-to-Left language support for Android, iOS and Web clients, and precision improvements on Arabic Trending topics. You will also work on other Right-to-left languages including Urdu, Farsi, and Hebrew.” Read more
Last week, Raffi Krikorian of Twitter announced that Twitter is “introducing a pilot project we’re calling Twitter Data Grants, through which we’ll give a handful of research institutions access to our public and historical data. With more than 500 million Tweets a day, Twitter has an expansive set of data from which we can glean insights and learn about a variety of topics, from health-related information such as when and where the flu may hit to global events like ringing in the new year. To date, it has been challenging for researchers outside the company who are tackling big questions to collaborate with us to access our public, historical data. Our Data Grants program aims to change that by connecting research institutions and academics with the data they need.” Read more
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