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Twitter Needs New Leadership

Yesterday Twitter released very disappointing quarterly results, with misses on both user and revenue growth. From the Wall Street Journal:


Twitter Inc. delivered its weakest quarterly revenue growth as a publicly traded company, casting a shadow on its fledgling advertising business, which until now has been a consistent bright spot. Investors, who sent the company’s stock down nearly 20%, were hit with a double whammy Tuesday as Twitter’s first-quarter results were leaked on the social-media service itself an hour before their release was expected.


The symbolism of the leak was appropriate: Twitter the service is so clearly indispensable, at least for some, but Twitter the company can’t seem to get it right.1 And so, after five years in charge, I believe it’s time for Twitter’s leadership, in particular CEO Dick Costolo, to make way for new leadership that has improved ...
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Five Unique Things You Can Do with PYLON for Facebook Topic Data

Five Unique Things You Can Do with PYLON for Facebook Topic Data | Big Data | Scoop.it
If you saw my earlier blog posts on PYLON for Facebook Topic Data you will know how PYLON works and what you can do with it. But what is it that you get with topic data that makes it so valuable to brands and marketers? Essentially there are five key capabilities that are available in...
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People First at the Facebook Developer Conference

People First at the Facebook Developer Conference | Big Data | Scoop.it
I started at DataSift a couple of months ago and have just taken my first trip to our San Francisco office. I was lucky enough when I was in town to get myself one of the hottest tickets in Silicon Valley - a place at F8, the Facebook developer conference.
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Facebook Becomes a Marketing Guru

Facebook Becomes a Marketing Guru | Big Data | Scoop.it
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has launched Topic Data in collaboration with DataSift, which will be providing advanced user insights to marketers to help target ads accordingly.
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Facebook to offer insights on what users are talking about - CNET

Facebook to offer insights on what users are talking about - CNET | Big Data | Scoop.it
The move is part of a broader push by the company to help advertisers better understand how people use the social network.
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Let's Bring the Polymath

Let's Bring the Polymath | Big Data | Scoop.it
Some of the most exciting advancements in computing right now come from the field of deep learning, and companies such as Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft are all involved because frankly, this kind of interdisciplinary approach isn’t happening...
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Inside the Arctic Circle, Where Your Facebook Data Live - Businessweek

Inside the Arctic Circle, Where Your Facebook Data Live - Businessweek | Big Data | Scoop.it

Instead of buying server racks from the usual suspects, Facebook designs its own systems and outsources the manufacturing work. In April 2011, the social networking company began publishing its hardware blueprints as part of its so-called Open Compute Project, which lets other companies piggyback on the work of its engineers. The project now sits at the heart of the data center industry’s biggest shift in more than a decade.

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There are a Googol Ways to Target Ads on Facebook

There are a Googol Ways to Target Ads on Facebook | Big Data | Scoop.it
You read that headline right. There are, apparently, a googol of ways -- but not a Google -- to target your customers on Facebook.
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With friends like these... - FT.com

With friends like these... - FT.com | Big Data | Scoop.it
Lauren Fishman and Matt Van Horn stood at the altar together. A trellis of sunflowers and violets framed the couple, as the rabbi led them through their declaration of love and commitment to each other.
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Facebook Advances in Public Debut After $16 Billion IPO

Facebook Advances in Public Debut After $16 Billion IPO | Big Data | Scoop.it
Facebook Inc. rose in its trading debut following a record initial public offering that made the social network more costly than almost every company in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
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Instagram Value Could Soar After Facebook IPO

Instagram Value Could Soar After Facebook IPO | Big Data | Scoop.it
Instagram's volatile valuation took another turn on Friday as Facebook went public.
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Facebook IPO: It Would Rather Be Like LinkedIn Than Zynga

Facebook IPO: It Would Rather Be Like LinkedIn Than Zynga | Big Data | Scoop.it
It’s Facebook Dawn. At 11am the Nasdaq will open trading on the hyper-IPO that is Facebook Inc. Here are some notable day-one performances ahead of Facebook’s opening.
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United Nations Keeps its Finger on the Global Pulse with DataSift

United Nations Keeps its Finger on the Global Pulse with DataSift | Big Data | Scoop.it
The United Nations’ Global Pulse initiative is partnering with DataSift to analyze worldwide opinions on vaccinations, poverty and other humanitarian topics. Here’s how they do it.
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People First, Privacy First at F8 and Beyond: Facebook and DataSift’s Shared Privacy Focus

People First, Privacy First at F8 and Beyond: Facebook and DataSift’s Shared Privacy Focus | Big Data | Scoop.it
F8, Facebook’s Developer Conference in San Francisco, has just wrapped up two days of best practices, lessons learned, demos and how-to sessions. Facebook made some exciting announcements, including 
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Why Facebook Topic Data is a Big Deal for the Marketing Industry

Why Facebook Topic Data is a Big Deal for the Marketing Industry | Big Data | Scoop.it
Last week Facebook and Datasift announced the release of topic data, a new way for brands to understand their audiences through their Facebook activity. Today, Francesco Dorazio of 
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What Are Facebook Users Talking About? Advertisers Can Now Find Out.

What Are Facebook Users Talking About? Advertisers Can Now Find Out. | Big Data | Scoop.it
Facebook knows what we like, and now it's sharing the wealth.
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When Academic Research Goes Viral

When Academic Research Goes Viral | Big Data | Scoop.it
After a frenzy of media attention focused on a global social-networking study that said Facebook was “dead and buried” for younger users, the study’s author qualifies his comments — and takes some of the blame for the flaws in the viral story...
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Facebook is Hiring in AI, Data Science

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Facebook has created a new research laboratory with the ambitious,
long-term goal of bringing about major advances in Artificial...
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The Big 5 Glossary: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+

The Big 5 Glossary: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+ | Big Data | Scoop.it
The "big 5" are the social media networks you hear about the most. Here's a glossary of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+ terms.
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Facebook uses "Good Will Hunting" math for a bigger, badder network - CBS News

Facebook uses "Good Will Hunting" math for a bigger, badder network - CBS News | Big Data | Scoop.it
A new Facebook patent helps lock down the same useful math that appeared in the movie...
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Facebook IPO Is Not the Endgame

Facebook IPO Is Not the Endgame | Big Data | Scoop.it
It would make sense if Meagan Marks sat glued to some digital stock ticker, watching every twitch in Facebook shares on this first day of pu...
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TechCrunch | Charts: Facebook’s IPO In Historical Context And Its Share Price Over Time

TechCrunch | Charts: Facebook’s IPO In Historical Context And Its Share Price Over Time | Big Data | Scoop.it
Facebook will be the largest tech IPO in history today as the company and its early shareholders raise $16 billion. There is also an allotment for them to sell up to $2.4 billion more in the next 30 days.
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Facebook Set for Debut After IPO Seals $104 Billion Value

Facebook Set for Debut After IPO Seals $104 Billion Value | Big Data | Scoop.it
Facebook Inc. is set to start trading today after a record initial public offering that made the social network more costly than almost every company in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
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On Twitter, They're Bullish About The Facebook IPO - Forbes

On Twitter, They're Bullish About The Facebook IPO - Forbes | Big Data | Scoop.it
With all the noise around tomorrow's Facebook IPO, it can be hard to pick out the meaningful signals from the cacophony.
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