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Infochimps – Data Junkie Start-Up Good Resource To Twitter Developers

Posted in Media, Uncategorized, web by aldorf on August 19, 2010
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Infochimps a startup aiming to organize all of the world’s free and commercial datasets, has collected and analyzed about four years’ worth of data from Twitter’s application programming interface, is allowing other parties to stand on its shoulders and pull up stats about any Twitter user’s influence or word preferences through a new set of APIs. They have opened a host of new features for Twitter developers to tap.

One API will let you see all of the public conversations or interactions between any two Twitter users. Another one, called Trstrank, applies a Google PageRank-like algorithm to Twitter users to measure their influence. A third one, Wordbag, which lets you analyze words that are unique to any user.

Infochimps is charging different rates for access to the APIs depending on how much developers access them. It’s free up to 100,000 API calls per month and the highest price tier is $4,000 a month with up to 15 million API calls.

Twitter is only one of Infochimps sources. Another API the company is releasing today, for example, returns U.S. Census-collected demographics for the zip code of any given IP address.

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  1. JD BB said, on August 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    This is a data-visualization designers wet dream!

    If I could mine the data, I would plot the positive & negative sentiment by location over time, to see the flux of moods. Using that, you could serve up recommendations based on qualitative relationships between users and environment.

    If you could mine one thing from Twitter data, what would it be?


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