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Reinvent Your Business for Big Data

Infomart Reinvents its Business for Big Data with Infochimps 

Infochimps Solution 300x91 Reinvent Your Business for Big DataOver the past ten years, the media business has been turned on its head. The general shift from print to digital (and increasingly free) sources has challenged the traditional revenue model. To make matters even more complicated, the advent of social media has added a multitude of layers of interaction to digital content, making the task of determining how target audiences are responding to brand initiatives incredibly complex.

Learn how Infomart, Canada’s leading media consultancy of 25 years,  reinvented their business by transforming a legacy app with Infochimps Cloud for Big Data.

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Upcoming Webinar on High-Speed Retail Analytics

retailer Upcoming Webinar on High Speed Retail AnalyticsGet excited about next week’s webinar on Thursday, August 23rd at 11am CST.  Infochimps‘ Co-Founder, and Chief Science Officer Dhruv Bansal, and BlackLocus’ VP of Customer Development Amos Schwatzfarb, will present a quick webinar on how retailers are increasing their bottom lines with BlackLocus, the leading SaaS eCommerce competitive analytics company, and with Infochimps, the #1 Big Data platform-as-a-service.

Join us on August 23, 2012 at 9:00am PST / 11:00am CST / 12:00pm EST.

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Join Our Webinar on High-Speed Retail Analytics

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chimpmark Join Our Webinar on High Speed Retail AnalyticsRetailers that watch and update competitive prices at the product level know the ground to be gained by leveraging high-speed analytics: dramatically increased bottom lines. High-speed analytics requires consumption of huge amounts of data, and real-time data processing on a Big Data platform.

Learn how retailers are increasing their bottom lines with BlackLocus, the leading SaaS eCommerce competitive analytics company, and with Infochimps, the #1 Big Data platform-as-a-service.

On Thursday, August 23rd at 11am CT, Infochimps‘ Co-Founder, and Chief Science Officer Dhruv Bansal, and BlackLocus’ VP of Customer Development Amos Schwatzfarb, will present a quick demonstration on how a new approach to Big Data empowers retailers to leverage high-speed analytics to increase their bottom line.

Register today to attend this webinar

Find Aliens Near You

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You can bust out your tin foil hats without fear of judgement, folks, because you are not alone. Even Stephen Hawking believes in them (and that we should probably be afraid of them).

You may have heard of our infamous 60,000+ Documented UFO Sightings with Text Descriptions.  This humble 78 MB dataset (also available as an API) has spawned several fun visualizations and apps that we’ve rounded up to share with you today.  Everything we’re featuring here was build in a matter of hours – so we encourage you to play around with the thousands of data sets and APIs on our site and come up with something cool on the fly!

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UFOS Walk Amidst Us
Created by Tom Britton, this simple app uses our IP to Geo API to figure out where you are, then tell you what UFO sightings have happened near you. You can also search by different cities in the upper right.

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UFOLibs
We’ve written a post about UFOLibs before, you can check out here.

Built over a 3 Day Startup weekend, UFOLibs uses web framework, Sinatra and Infochimps API for 60,000+ Documented UFO Sightings. The resulting app allows you to enter your other worldly experience, Mad-Libs style, to compare against the recorded experiences of thousands of others. Not only is the end result produce a delightful diversion, but it showcases that with our API and Sinatra, “even our Biz Dev guy (Dick Hall) can make a web application”.

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Where the Aliens Fly Their UFOs
Our friend, Nathan Yau of Flowing Data came across our UFO data set and used it as an excuse to mess with R and create this cool “globular” heat map of UFO sightings across the US. He also compares this to the locations of major US airports and finds some interesting connections.

May the truth be with you!

Visual.ly: Infographics for Everyone

visualdotly logo black 01 300x76 Visual.ly: Infographics for EveryoneVisual.ly is a new platform that showcases the diversity and beauty of visualizations, connecting creators with audiences and publishers with content.  Visual.ly was started by the team behind Mint.com‘s popular infographics. The founding team, Stew Langille, Lee Sherman, Tal Siach and Adam Breckler have already created “the largest collection of infographics on the web,” according to Langille.  With over 2000 infographics from the likes of GOOD, National Geographic, and Mashable, the site is a veritable treasure trove of beautiful and useful visualations.

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Sweet infographic of Infochimp’s CTO, Flip Kromer and CSO, Dhruv Bansal, eh?  Just something I whipped up in just a few seconds thanks to Visual.ly.  With the Visual.ly Twitterize Yourself Project, you can gain insight into and compare the behavior of any two users on Twitter.  This project uses three of Infochimps’ Twitter APIs (Wordbag, Influence Metrics and StrongLinks) mashed together with the Twitter API to put out this cleverly cute infographic.

How was the experience of putting together 3 Infochimps APIs with the Twitter API?  Breckler of the founding team said, “We really liked the ease of use as well as the straight forward documentation and sample code”.

Curious to try your first API call with us?  Check out this simple tutorial.  We’ve also got some examples to help you get chimpy with your code rather than having to monkey around with the data.  We can’t wait to feature your sweet projects here!

Screenr: Show & Tell Made Simple

dogbertIT Screenr: Show & Tell Made SimplePerhaps you’re a bit nicer than Dogbert, but that doesn’t mean that helping people through technical problems is easy. Screenr has just the solution to your woes – whether it’s explaining to your mom how to change her Facebook privacy settings to conducting user testing on your new web app. With its easy to use screen-casting solution, Screenr allows you to create short videos to share over the web to aid learning, collaboration and problem solving.

We interviewed Mike Olivieri, Director of Web Engineering at Screenr to get his take on making collaboration and learning on the web easier.

Tell us a little about Screenr and what inspired this application.

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After the launch of Screenr.com we found that many users, including our team, were creating screencasts for customer support purposes. We wanted to provide businesses with an easy way to privately share ideas and problems. With Screenr Business you can easily make screencasts part of any workflow. Many customers are using the service as part of their software development process (QA people can record the problem) and as a tool to share knowledge with teammates.

Which Infochimps API do you use and how does it integrate with Screenr?
We use the Geolocation API as part of our analytics feature. We track both where a screencast was recorded from and where a user views it from. Here is a quick screencast showing it in the app.

What have you loved about working with the Infochimps API?
Integrating the API into Screenr Business was super easy. With the simple API and clean data model provided by infochimps, we were able to add geolocation in just a few lines of code. And since we started using it, we never have to worry about it, it just works!

What advice do you have for aspiring app builders and fellow web developers out there?
Leverage APIs like Infochimp and Screenr Business to help get your app out faster by focusing on the problem your app solves, not the underlying technical ones.

Summify: Top News from Your Friends

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summify Summify: Top News from Your FriendsKeeping up with the folks you’re following on Twitter, your Facebook friends and all the blogs you read can be a daunting task (for some of us, an extremely daunting task). Summify, created by a team of two Romanian hackers/entrepreneurs, Mircea Paşoi and Cristian Strat, aims to ease the woe of information overload. Integrated with Infochimps’ TrstRank and StrongLinks APIs, Summify chooses the top stories from each of your social networks and sends them to you in a daily digest accessible via email, their website or your iPhone.

We interviewed Mircea, co-founder of Summify to get his take on finding the signal in the noise.

For our readers who aren’t familiar with your service, how would you describe Summify?
Summify makes daily summaries of your social news. If you only have time to read 5-10 stories each day, we do a really good job at picking them based on social data like retweets, likes, shares and Infochimps data.

What inspired this project?
The project started from a personal need – we’re very busy so it’s hard to keep up with all this information being shared on social networks, but at the same time we want to be on top of the news. We also figured there’s only a handful of stories that you really need to know to stay informed through out the day, so we focused on finding those really good stories.

You’ve had quite a history of interesting projects together (with Cristian) from building the biggest Romanian community of CompSci geeks to a job search engine for the Romanian job market – what drives you two to choose the projects that you do?
We’re really driven by two factors: if it’s a problem that we have and that nobody is really solving well and if there’s a big technical challenge where our skills can make a difference. We really want to make products that delight and amaze users, so it’s really important for us to be passionate about the problem and the solution.

How do you integrate Infochimps APIs with Summify?
We’re using both the Trstrank API and the Stronglinks APIs for ranking Twitter users. Trstrank helps us figure out globally how important a Twitter user is, and Stronglinks is used to make sure we pick stories from people with whom you have a strong connection. All of this data is mashed up in our ranking pipeline, together with a dozen other signals, to pick the best stories possible.

What have you loved about working with the Infochimps API?
First of all, it’s amazing that someone has put in the effort to build these APIs! It would have taken us a lot of engineering effort to create similar functionality, instead we can just focus on our core competency – ranking. The API has been really easy to integrate into our applications and it’s very stable and fast.

What words of inspiration do you have for aspiring hackers and coders out there?
Make sure you’re passionate about what you’re building, and everything else will follow!

UFOLibs: The Truth is Out There

Have you ever found yourself looking to the sky and suddenly saw something… unfathomable?  Did it make you wonder if you were really alone… in the universe?  Well look no further – Dick Hall, Business Development Manager here at Infochimps has an app for that!

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Built over a 3 Day Startup weekend, UFOLibs uses web framework, Sinatra and Infochimps API for 60,000+ Documented UFO Sightings.  The resulting app allows you to enter your other worldly experience, Mad-Libs style, to compare against the recorded experiences of thousands of others.  Not only is the end result produce a delightful diversion, but it showcases that with our API and Sinatra, “even our Biz Dev guy can make a web application”. (Dick’s words!)

Try out the app for yourself or see the code on GitHub.  And remember… the truth is out there.

Show and Tell: Find Cool People on Twitter with Steve Odom’s Plum.ly

This is a guest post by friend of the Infochimps and twnty.com founder Steve Odom (@steveodom).

Several years ago, Kevin Rose launched WeFollow.com to help you find people on Twitter near you geographically with similar interests. The problem with it is you have to go to WeFollow and input your interests. It doesn’t pull your interests directly from your Twitter profile. It’s great but yet another account with data about you that you have to manage.

When Infochimps released their Twitter People Search API allowing for full text search of any twitter data field, I realized I could use it to easily build a search engine of Twitter bios, similar to WeFollow but much more powerful. Why ask users to input additional information about themselves when their twitter profile already contains lots of identifying data about them – their name, location, and whatever they say about themselves in their bio. Being able to search on this content makes for a tool like WeFollow, but one that searches every Twitter profile and not just accounts that people entered into WeFollow.

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