Twitter’s forced brevity, the immediacy of its connections, and its impact as a breaking news source are all key elements that have been covered many times. But Twitter has also built a really important competitive advantage with its extensive partner ecosystem which has given the social network a reach and impact that goes far beyond what its monthly active user (MAU) numbers would indicate.

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How do you define “big data”? If you’re not quite sure, you’re not alone. Even though big data is on the tip of everyone’s tongue when it comes to smart decision-making, there’s still one piece missing from most conversations. Social. If you haven’t tackled the big data and social data question just yet, you’re in luck. We tapped Patrick Morrissey, Vice President of Marketing at DataSift, to help us better understand how social fits into big data, and to explain how companies from any industry can leverage social data to make forward-thinking business decisions.

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Over the weekend the reality of big data came into sharp relief as two agency stalwarts, the Omnicom Group and Publicis Groupe announced their merger to form a new media powerhouse. But the real news is the reason they decided to merge: big data.

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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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Yesterday, I woke to find that the rumors that had been flying over the weekend were true—my former employer Yahoo! was buying Tumblr. During the course of the day I’ve read a variety of articles debating the merits of the deal, commentary on the likelihood that Yahoo will in fact screw up Tumblr, and speculation about just how rich David Karp is going to be. As CEO of DataSift, this is an exciting and important event for the company and Marissa Mayer’s strategy, but the first take news and commentary on the announcement misses several important points about what is happening in social and in the market right now.

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We’re excited to share this cool infographic from London based creative agency and DataSift customer, FACE. Leveraging Pulsar TRAC, their newly launched social media intelligence tool powered by DataSift, FACE has introduced a series of data studies called How Stuff Spreads, which explores how digital content spreads across the social web.

This first installment explores how Gangnam Style and Harlem Shake became global memes by comparing how the top 5 versions of each video were shared on Twitter by looking at 8 dimensions of each meme: shape, lifespan, popularity, shareability, globality, amplification, variation and diffusion network.

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Last week, the official account of the Associated Press (@AP) was hacked and the account was used to Tweet the false news that the White House had been bombed and President Obama was injured as part of a potential attack. The Dow Jones Industrial Average proceeded to plummet almost 150 points, as did several other market indices around the world. I think this is an incredibly important moment in time and important learning experience, but…

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A record number of Tweets were reported relating to big data within the technology sector in 2012 showing a continual growth of social interaction around ‘Big Data’. Using our sophisticated social data platform, we ran a DataSift Historics query against our hot list of Big Data products and conversations to identify which vendors were the most socially interactive, which domains were the most favorable in publicizing ‘Big Data’ Tweets, the quarterly traffic progression for mentions of ‘Big…

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With the vastness of the information at hand, and ever-greater access to that information, news agencies have to cope with a reality that their readers may never come to them for a headline again. The headlines are already out there, via Twitter, via Facebook, via whatever medium that is your particular preference. In 140 characters, the news is being broken before news agencies even realize it’s news. When your customers are beating you to the product, it changes the game.

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With an almost $4 million US dollar price tag for thirty seconds of air time, a Super Bowl commercial is a big investment for brands—and when you consider the additional costs of producing the commercial and supporting brand materials, how do you prove the value of your investment? With the real-time marketing that comes with Twitter, brands are now able to see, almost instantaneously, the reaction and impact of their investment. In today’s infographic, DataSift…

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