We’ve all heard that a picture is worth 1,000 words. After seeing some of the visualization projects that our data science team has been working on in anticipation of today’s announcements regarding managed data sources and our Tableau partnership, I can confirm that the old adage holds true. One of the projects that I thought demonstrated the true power of social data analysis and visualization explored the connection between Facebook Pages, Instagram and the release of some of this year’s biggest movies.

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As a big data platform for social data, we’re always looking for new ways we can innovate to extend our platform to make it easier for companies to filter and receive social data from us. Today we’re proud to announce a new service available today to our customers: DataSift Carrier Pigeon Delivery.

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As a Big Data platform for social, we’re continually working on how we can extend the value of insights that companies can derive from social data. Today we’re excited to announce our resyndication partnership with bitly (you can read the full announcement here) – bringing the social clickstream into our platform and integrating it to enable entirely new ways to analyze and act on social data insights.

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Since announcing DataSift Historics earlier this year,  we’ve been overwhelmed by the response and demand. From companies building social media monitoring tools, to finance firms building models for sentiment-based stock trading – the ability to build a big picture of the market from social Big Data is an important compass for companies that want to understand customers better and make smarter business decisions.

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It’s hard to believe it’s only been six months since I joined DataSift as CEO and we launched the company in the U.S. Since then we’ve grown from just a handful of customers in the U.K. to more than 250 corporate customers in over 20 countries. The list includes some of the top social media monitoring companies, business intelligence and news organizations and a growing list of Fortune 500 companies. Given my six-month mark at the helm of the company, I thought I’d share not only a few of our milestones, but highlight the trends and demand we’re seeing in the market.

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Today we’re excited to announce Wikistats and add Wikipedia to our ever-increasing list of data sources for our social data platform. Through Wikistats.co, DataSift provides a real-time insight into the trending articles on Wikipedia in the last 24 hours. Just as we identified the most popular stories on Twitter when we created Tweetmeme, Wikistats is another great showcase of what’s possible with DataSift’s Social-Data platform.

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Earlier this month the Electronic Frontier Foundation published their annual study of the privacy policies for top Internet companies. Twitter was ranked with an impressive 3.5 stars out of 4, (one of the highest on the list), highlighting its work across four areas: openness with data demands, transparency regarding requests, whether or not they fight in court for users’ privacy requests and whether or not they do so in Congress.

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If you had traded based on signals today to buy/sell Facebook stock, how would you have done? Probably pretty well! We’ve been closely monitoring Twitter’s social data and its relation to the Facebook stock price. What we found is pretty interesting. The positive and negative views on Twitter mirrored the fluctuations in Facebook stock price today.

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The last few months have been an amazing journey for us. It was only back in November last year that we launched DataSift. That seems like a lifetime ago when we look back at what we’ve achieved since then…

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Today we’re proud to announce a partnership with NewsCred – enabling companies for the first time to be able to understand, track and analyze news-articles as they flow through the Social Web.

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