Matthew Russell

Why Twitter Is All the Rage: A Data Miner's Perspective

Date: This event took place live on October 15 2013

Presented by: Matthew Russell

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

Cost: Free

In order to be successful, technology must amplify a meaningful aspect of our human experience, and Twitter's success largely has been dependent on its ability to do this quite well. Although you could describe Twitter as just a "free, high-speed, global text-messaging service," that would be to miss the much larger point that Twitter scratches some of the most fundamental itches of our humanity:

  • We want to be heard
  • We want to satisfy our curiosity
  • We want it easy
  • We want it now

This webcast explains why Twitter is "all the rage" by examining Twitter in light of these questions and exposing its underlying concpeptual architecture as an *interest graph.* Even if you have minimal programming skills, you'll come away empowered with the ability to think about data mining on Twitter in more effective ways and apply a powerful collection of easily adaptable recipes to fully exploit the 5 kilobytes of metadata that decorates those 140 characters that you commonly think of as a tweet. Learn how to access Twitter's API, search for tweets, discover trending topics, process tweets in real-time from the firehose, and much more in this densely-packed webcast.

About Matthew Russell

Matthew Russell (@ptwobrussell) is Chief Technology Officer at Digital Reasoning, Principal at Zaffra, and author of several books on technology including Mining the Social Web (O'Reilly, 2013), now in its second edition. He is passionate about open source software development, data mining, and creating technology to amplify human intelligence. Matthew studied computer science and jumped out of airplanes at the United States Air Force Academy. When not solving hard problems, he enjoys practicing Bikram Hot Yoga, CrossFitting and participating in triathlons.

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