Boston : Twitter has teamed up with MIT on a $10 million project that will analyse every tweet sent since the micro-blogging site was launched in 2006 in an effort to better understand social networks, reports PTI.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab has announced the creation of the Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM), funded by a five-year $10 million commitment from Twitter. As part of the new programme, Twitter will provide full access to its real-time, public stream of tweets, as well as the archive of every tweet dating back to the first.
The new initiative will focus on the development of new technologies to make sense of semantic and social patterns across the broad span of public mass media, social media, data streams, and digital content. Pattern discovery and data visualisation will be explored to show interaction patterns and shared interests in relevant social systems, while collaborative tools and mobile apps will be developed to enable new forms of public communication and social organisation.
A main goal for the LSM will be to create new platforms for both individuals and institutions to identify, discuss, and act on pressing societal problems. Though funded by Twitter, the LSM will have complete operational and academic independence.