A brief follow up on Texifter. We successfully migrated DiscoverText to Microsoft’s Azure. It was very smooth, though we are going through a period of diminished search and filtering capabilities while the data re-indexes. Otherwise, the other capabilities appear stable. We also launched a new beta product on Azure to allow users to get free estimates (and buy the data) self-serve from the full history of Twitter. The live prototype is “Sifter” (https://sifter.texifter.com). Finally, I have been elected a board member and Treasurer for the Big Boulder Initiative (https://bigboulderconf.com/about/). In that capacity, I will be playing a role helping to organize the social data industry association that will launch in June at Big Boulder. 2014 is looking good for Texifter. On January 31, 2014, the company re-acquired all assets and intellectual property related to DiscoverText, including the Sifter stack of language technologies for de-duplication, clustering, coding, and machine-learning, as well as the “CoderRank” patent. Going forward, we believe these tools can make a significant impact on the history of information.
We could not be happier about the initial response to the beta test of “Sifter” (https://sifter.texifter.com), a self-serve tool to get free estimates of the cost to pull samples from the complete (un-deleted) history of Twitter. Using the powerful Gnip-enabled Power Track operators, we have a few hundred early adopters testing out rules that allow them to pull highly selective samples going back to the very first day of Twitter. For information on pricing to license the Twitter data, please visit: https://sifter.texifter.com/Home/Pricing.
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It was a great joy to return to the University of Amsterdam and give this talk to my old friend Richard Rogers and his 100+ attentive workshop attendees.