This episode is on Dataminr, a New York-based startup, which is authorized to analyze the entire Twitter “Firehose” of all live tweets and offer clients advanced social media analytics as a service in the form of digests and news updates.
Kerry Flynn (Mashable) and Russell Brandom (The Verge) have both been reporting on Dataminr and join the podcast to discuss its place in the social media landscape.
Exclusive access to information and data feeds, which include Twitter’s raw live tweets, allows Dataminr to filter the data to identify important events and business trends as they unfold and also act as an early warning system for major events like terrorist attacks, natural disasters and other public emergencies.
Dataminr is Twitter’s only data partner that is also allowed to resell the complete stream of tweets and their clients include large hedge funds, mainstream news outlets, public relations firms, publicly traded corporations and major government entities including, law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
The DHS, FBI, and CIA have used the service to help with tracking criminals and terrorists, but have also drawn the ire of the ACLU, who have challenged the use of Dataminr’s services by government agencies to monitor domestic protests.