Darwin Eocsystems’ technology is back in the business of winning awards. This time Tweather received “SAP Big Data Startup of the Year” award. TWeather analyzes Twitter’s streaming content and reveals emerging patterns and trends about any topic and it is powered by technology from Darwin Ecosystems. We were pleased to that the award was given Wednesday during the TechCrunch Disrupt event, held Sept. 10-12, in San Francisco. As SAP wrote, “SAP’s participation at TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 further extends its goal of working with the most innovative and disruptive companies in Silicon Valley. It also augments the SAP Startup Focus program, where startups around the world have the opportunity to meet with SAP, present solutions and use cases.”
This latest achievement goes along with our win of the KM World Trend Setting Product in both 2011 and 2010 and the Most Promising Software award in 2010. Darwin was also named to the 100 companies that matter in 2010 by both KM World and eContent Magazine.
I have written about Darwin and Big Data here. (see Big Data Makes the Big Time and Opens Up New Areas of Potential Understanding and “Big Data” vs. “Big Content” Complementary Sides of Information Overload.
CMS News Wire recently reviewed TWeather. It quoted Thierry Herbert, ““Tweets are like rain it’s all over the place; if I look at every drop I don’t really know what’s going on.” Then it noted that, “TWeather attempts to rectify this problem by providing 10-minute “weather” updates on popular trending topics in Twitter. From the home page, users can select any one of the top 10 currently trending topics or a link within featured topics such as politics and music. From there, the user is brought to a “TWeather report” that displays a cloud of constantly shifting keywords relating to the topic. The larger and closer to the right of the screen a keyword is located, the more “hot” it currently is.” Here is a sample home page for TWeather.
Users can select a keyword and see related tweets. TWeather reports are updated every 10 minutes and users can scroll back to see previous reports. TWeather offers tweet trending data in a way that makes it easier for users to detect and track patterns than they can by scrolling through topical Twitter timelines. You can subscribe to TWeather reports from your Twitter accounts. TWeather is free to users. Here is a sample of a key word report.
CMS Wire also points out, that TWeather may serve as an early test of Twitter’s new API rules that have stricter authentication policies and developer rules of the road. While Twitter is stressing that the new changes will help eliminate abuses and make Twitter app development a more structured and orderly process, many observers have speculated the move is really to ensure Twitter makes a profit at the expense of third-part developers. Twitter can point to TWeather as an example of how the new API rules are not inhibiting developer creativity.