With any new platform or service, it can be hard to know where to start. We have hundreds of pages of documentation, but sometimes you just want someone to explain it to you. That’s why we run free workshops every week where you can be led through everything from the platform basics to some of the more advanced features. Each workshop is hosted by an experienced DataSift instructor and provides the opportunity for you to…

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To start things off, I’d like to introduce Sifting Around, a new series where I’ll demonstrate the analytics process I use when exploring a current event from a social data perspective. From writing a CSDL script to creating visualizations, I’ll give you the how and why behind each step and highlight different DataSift enrichments that I found particularly useful. Conclusions drawn here are entirely my own and are guaranteed by no one, nor is any…

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Businesses looking to access the growing Chinese market have a new tool to help them as DataSift announces access to Sina Weibo, the dominant social network in China. With more than 500M registered users, 100M messages posted daily and recent expansion beyond China to Singapore and Indonesia, Sina Weibo and DataSift offer a unique opportunity for business to understand the preferences, demographics and interests of one of the largest consumer markets on the planet. The…

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If you are consuming long-form content on the internet, chances are you are doing it on WordPress. Currently 20% of all websites and 50% of the top 1000 websites are run on the content management system and the platform is home to sites ranging from Time and TechCrunch to individually-hosted blogs (including many written by DataSift employees). I’m a rabid consumer of content published on WordPress and I especially appreciate articles that are engaging and…

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We needed better data, better processes for analyzing it, and an appreciation for the insights that could be found in the data. At DataSift these are the problems we’re aiming to solve. Since I took over management of the social media presence here I’ve had access to our platform and have seen first hand the possibilities that social data provides. I have a whole new appreciation for the power of data. Speaking with many of you at events like last month’s Social Data Week, I know you’re developing that appreciation too.

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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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Today, we’re rounding up some of the top Social Data stories on the Web that you might have missed. From the government, to politics to customer targeting, the potential for using Social Media to derive insights is seemingly endless!

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Last week, we attended the Social Media Strategies Summit in San Francisco, where Rob Bailey, our CEO, discussed the seven measurable actions that further your company’s marketing and social media efforts. In addition to providing a framework for moving your company’s efforts from beginner to pro, Rob highlighted companies who are thinking strategically about social media, such as Taco Bell, Burberry and KFC.

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I wanted to share something about how we view the future of the data ecosystem. We believe building an ecosystem of applications on top of our platform will radically change the data market and create a marketplace for businesses and developers alike. We have spent four years learning about scale and cost to companies to build the kind of infrastructures required to deal with the data volumes involved with something like the Twitter Firehose. Not…

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Did you miss our last Webinar, “Targets? Now you can watch the complete training session here! Want the Slides of this Webinar? Just click here   om/wp-content/2011/07/DataSift-Webinar4-sm.pdf

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