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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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With the recent news that our friends at Salesforce.com have signed an agreement with Twitter to access the full firehose of public Tweets, we thought we’d give an insight into what it’s like being on the receiving end of this torrent of data. And of course, we’re not just doing this for Tweets, we’re doing this processing for public Facebook posts, and across nearly a million blogs, forums and news sites.

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Today we are pleased to announce the launch of Twitter Historic Data. This has been a very long term project for us with an immense amount of specialized engineering required to deliver a solution that is both scalable and easy to use. Below is a short video to explain how it works. Introduction to DataSift Historics Coverage: BBC News – Twitter partners with Datasift to unlock tweet archive TechCrunch – DataSift Unlocks Access To Historical…

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At DataSift we are obsessed with making it easier for companies to access Social data, analyze it, and get value from it. This week we are proud to announce the launch of a new way to access/use the Social Data produced by the DataSift platform.  Starting today, DataSift customers will have access to new Record and Export features, that allow even non-technical users to extract their social media data direct through our website into easy…

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Haters Are Going To Hate…But They Aren’t Always Right Here at DataSift we are big fans of YouTube and really love the new UI they launched a few weeks ago. At the same time that our team was admiring the sleek new site design that You Tube had just launched,  we noticed  YouTube was taking a hammering from online commentators and press.  It seemed like EVERYONE hated the new UI!   Were the “haters” right that…

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“Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it” – Winston Churchill   Today DataSift is excited to announce the launch of signs-ups for alpha access to Twitter Historical data. You can sign-up and reserve a space on our alpha list and be one of the first to test drive this new functionality when it is available in January.  The Alpha Program will give you full access to 60 days of the…

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Start tracking and analyzing Twitter data for your organization in less than 10 minutes! DataSift, the most sophisticated platform for managing and filtering social data, is live today at 2pm GMT. We invite you to explore this revolutionary new platform that has been designed to make tracking and analyzing Social Media data easy. DataSift offers access to the complete range of Twitter content, but you only pay for the tweets that are actually useful to…

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Taking inspiration from DataSift Invaders and some other projects I’ve seen that take technology out of the ether and bring them into the real world e.g. the light painting WiFi project, I decided to take the DataSift augmented Twitter Firehose and experiment with making it more ‘tangible’. After digging around in my experiments/toy box I found the following bits; A TS-7553 embedded ARM SBC (single board computer) A Velleman K8055 USB interface board Some relays…

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Today Twitter announced that it will be soon releasing a new integrated photo sharing service. Because this service is part of Twitter it means a new set of meta-data will become available for filtering in DataSift. Twitter have already documented the new entities and we will be adding these to our targets as soon as they become available in the Twitter Firehose. We will be looking at what filtering potential these new entities give our…

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Mediasift and Twitter have partnered to make Twitter data commercially available through DataSift. This means that developers interested in building tools to monitor and analyze Twitter data can now filter Tweets from the full Twitter Firehose, using DataSift for non-display analysis. Companies and marketers are demanding better ways to listen to their customers on Twitter, and understand conversations about their brands and products. With so much news and data being created across multiple social networks,…

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