The Social Media Games

Filed in Data Visualization, Fun, Industry

The 2012 London Olympic Games came to a close on Sunday evening and the impact the Games have had upon social media are almost as impressive as Michael Phelps’ historic medal count. When rare and incredible feats occur, our natural impulse is to share that event with our friends and family. This impulse is easier to act upon given our accessibility to smart phones, readily available data plans, and free and easily downloadable applications that facilitate the instantaneous sharing of information. Prior to the start of the 2012 Olympics, the prediction was that these Games would be the most social. […]

The Social Media Games
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So What Does Metamarkets Do?

Filed in Fun, Musings, Unlisted

Wow! What a great conference at Structure Data this week in New York. Two things I love to do at technology conferences are: 1) walk around the exhibition hall observing how vendors present themselves; and 2) talk to the passersby at our own table. This helps me get a better understanding of the industry as well and helps me understand where Metamarkets fits in. Tools vs Solutions First, here are some general observations about the technology landscape for Big Data: Before joining Metamarkets, I spent a lot of time talking to numerous companies and individuals about the industry. There was […]

So What Does Metamarkets Do?
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Analyzing the Wikipedia SOPA Blackout

Filed in Data Visualization, Fun

Here at Metamarkets, we help our customers quickly make sense of big data sets. To put our solution to the test, I thought it would be interesting to analyze events surrounding the Wikipedia blackout on January 18th in protest of SOPA. Let’s look at edit activity before and after the blackout:

Analyzing the Wikipedia SOPA Blackout
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Hacking Hacker News Headlines

Filed in Fun, Machine Learning, Technology

One weekend a few months ago Vad [1] and I were hanging around the new Metamarkets office reading Hacker News.  We noticed something strange: two different headlines, both linking to identical content, resulted in dramatically different popularity ranks.  Do headlines matter so much? What drives observed popularity? We started to investigate. (Above: Rolling 10 days of article ranks. Click for an interactive version.)

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