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Library of Congress is Not Sure What to Do with its Archive of Tweets (SocialTimes)
If Twitter is sitting on a goldmine of data, someone needs to create a better method of digging it up. The Library of Congress was given access to the entire firehose of tweets in 2010, but researchers at the institution are still scratching their heads over how to organize and display the collection, which currently totals 170 billion tweets dating back to 2006. Mashable
The volume of tweets collected into the archive on a daily basis has grown exponentially from 140 million in early 2011 to 500 million as of October 2012. “The Library’s first objectives were to acquire and preserve the 2006-2010 archive; to establish a secure, sustainable process for receiving and preserving a daily, ongoing stream of tweets through the present day; and to create a structure for organizing the entire archive by date,” Gayle Osterberg, director of communications for the Library of Congress, wrote in a blog post. “This month, all those objectives will be completed.” PC Magazine The library now plans to tackle the equally large elephant in the room: How to process and display this volume of Twitter posts so they can be accessed by researchers, “in a comprehensive, useful way.” Interest in the Library’s Twitter archives – ranging from research about citizen journalism and elected officials tweets to stock market predictions – has generated approximately 400 inquiries from researchers thus far, and that’s even before the library has been able to grant any kind of access to its 170 billion-large tweet archive. CNET This project, of course, is different than Twitter’s recently announced initiative to make every user’s full tweet history available to them. That effort is under way, though only some users have been given access to date. The Next Web Currently, the archive measures some 133.2 terabytes including two compressed copies of the 2006-2010 archive. There is a white paper that provides a bunch of details about how they compiled the archive.
Facebook Starts to Roll Out Pages Manager App for Android (Inside Facebook)
Facebook released an Android version of its standalone page management application last week for users in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, according to a company spokesperson. Pages Manager gives page owners access to page notifications and insights on the go, and allows them to make posts, respond to comments and reply to direct messages. AllFacebook Until now, Android users have only been able to post content and reply to posts through the native app, but they couldn’t see or reply to messages or check page insights. Poke and Camera are now the only iOS apps that are not currently available on Android.
Social Media Stock Tracker: Facebook Raises its Voice, Stocks Follow (SocialTimes)
The social media sector has roared so far in 2013 with an average gain of 6 percent last week as institutional interest intensified. FB had an impressive gain of 11 percent largely as a result of the new buoyant outlook from several research analysts on opportunities in mobile and Gifts for 2013.
If You Really Want to Help People, Join the HopeMob (AllTwitter)
Calling itself “crowdfunding with compassion,” the HopeMob was founded by Shaun King to help combat the sense of frustration people feel when wanting to donate, but knowing (or fearing) that only a small portion of their donation will make it to the intended recipients. HopeMob is “the only fee-free fundraising platform online. 100% of all funds received will be forwarded to the story owner whether the total amount needed is collected or not.”
‘Offensive Combat’ to Bring Hardcore Gaming to Facebook (SocialTimes)
Casual farmers and poker players on Facebook will have to make room for the first-person shooters of the hardcore gaming variety: “Offensive Combat,” the latest title from U4iA Games, has emerged from its soft launch with 510,000 monthly average users, the company announced last week. “‘Offensive Combat’ represents the first game of its kind to bolster Facebook’s plan to grow the mid and hard core player base,” said Dusty Welch, CEO and co-founder of U4iA Games, which is pronounced euphoria.
2012 Takeaways: Sports and SpongeBob Dominated Social TV [Infographic] (LostRemote)
NBC paid nearly $1.2 billion for the rights to cover the 2012 London Olympics. While that sum seems exorbitant, Trendrr‘s Second Annual Year End Stats Report proves that it was worth every penny.
Activists Demand Justice for Rape Victim Whose Ordeal Was Posted to Social Media (SocialTimes)
In August, members of a high school football team in Steubenville, Ohio, allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl while bystanders uploaded pictures and videos to Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. While the court of public opinion unfolds online, two boys will face criminal charges for their acts in juvenile court.
The Quickest Way to Make Money from Facebook (AppNewser)
Do you spend too much of your working and writing time on Facebook? Reddit user MarshallMx posted a simple infographic illustrating the quickest way to make money on Facebook.
Shopgate App Uses ‘Product Tagging’ for Mobile Commerce (SocialTimes)
Imagine easily purchasing the products you see in print ads with your iPhone. “Everywhere commerce” is the vision of German app startup Shopgate, which will enter the U.S. market early this year.