IBM Enters the Social Media Monitoring Space
Mashable revealed this week that IBM has launched a new modelling tool. It may not be easy on the eye, but it claims to be pretty powerful: “The software, called the SPSS Modeler data mining and text analytics workbench, will use natural language processing (NLP) to analyze everything from product names and industry jargon to slang and emoticons.”
Facebook Privacy Backlash
The backlash against Facebook’s new approach to privacy continues, with stories of stealth apps presenting a fresh security risk. To illustrate last week’s post from the EFF, Matt McKeon has produced a beautiful infographic demonstrating Facebooks rapacious data acquisition strategy. (Thanks to Rushna for bringing this to my attention.)
Facebook Places In Development
In the same week as Foursquare hit 40m check-ins, a Facebook “places” tab has been spotted in the code for Facebook’s mobile site. Obviously this is still in development, but it firms up the rumours that have been going round about the potential for Facebook launching check-in functionality. Until it finally launches fully, there’s still time for other new location based services to get a foot-hold in the market, especially in the gaming sector: for example, location based games like Booyah, Parallel Kingdom, and Fast Foot Challenge.
Twitter Business Accounts
Twitter is all set to launch paid-for business accounts. Details of specific features are still thin on the ground, but we can assume a business account will automatically be a “verified account” and will probably have enhanced direct messaging capabilities.
Intercontinental will be equipping all its hotels with iPads. Guests will enjoy interactive maps and destination-specific video guides, allowing the concierge to effortlessly demonstrate their unparalleled knowledge of their locale.
Publicis London have launched an iPhone app with an interesting take on the problem of homelessness: iHobo allows you to carry a tiny person around in your pocket for three days. It’s essentially a “Tamagotchi with a social conscience”: decide for yourself whether that’s tasteless or so crazy it just might work.