A brief follow up on Texifter. We successfully migrated “DiscoverText” (http://discovertext.thrivehivesite.com) to Microsoft’s Azure. It was very smooth, though we are going through a period of diminished search and filtering capabilities while the data re-indexes. Otherwise, the other capabilities appear stable.
We also launched a new beta product on Azure to allow users to get free estimates (and buy the data) self-serve from the full history of Twitter. The live prototype is “Sifter” (http://sifter.texifter.com).
Finally, I have been elected a board member and Treasurer for the Big Boulder Initiative (http://bigboulderconf.com/about/). In that capacity, I will be playing a role helping to organize the social data industry association that will launch in June at Big Boulder.
2014 is looking good for Texifter. On January 31, 2014, the company re-acquired of all assets and intellectual property related to DiscoverText, including the Sifter stack of language technologies for de-duplication, clustering, coding, and machine-learning, as well as the “CoderRank” patent. Going forward, we believe these tools can make a significant impact on the history of information.