The 2013 Academy Awards will be remembered for Jennifer Lawrence, the number of men with beards, Life of Pi, the relative brevity of the show (3 hours and 35 minutes, well short of the 2002 record of 4 hours of 23 minutes), and Seth MacFarlane’s relatively benign monologue and hosting. Continue →
For our February NoVA UX meetup, John Whalen (PhD Cognitive Science Johns Hopkins and Founder, Brilliant Experience consultancy) shared his insights and experience about cognitive science with the group. Using videos and interactive examples, he shared learnings about how we perceive, remember, and make decisions, and how those concepts can be applied to user experience design. Continue →
Did you watch the Grammys this weekend? From debut performances to Hunger Games like costuming, the program was as much a string of concerts as awards show. As usual, we took a look at what was happening across the web during the show. Humor me while I geek out for a moment, because this is super interesting. First, some overall social trends: Continue →
Now that the victory parade has wrapped up, it’s time to recap this year’s Super Bowl. This year’s game definitely will be remembered for the power outage, the big lead the Ravens built, the great comeback that fell just short for the 49ers and, of course, the ads.
It is that time again for America’s favorite sporting event, the Super Bowl. The ads, the halftime show, and of course the game all come together for a 4+ hour event that is celebrated with friends, family and food.
As we did last year we took a look at our data to see which brands are getting the most pre-game buzz and to see if the same data can help determine who is going to win the game. Continue →
Today, we’re happy to offer new buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, Delicious, VK, Linkedin, and Odnoklassniki, with individual share counts.
These new surfaces demonstrate the popularity of your content on the top social networks. We retrieve share counts directly from each service’s API; data is cached and loaded asynchronously for optimal page load performance. Continue →
We have been building infrastructure around real-time analysis of big data sets since 2006. Back when “big data” wasn’t a thing. Now, we process up to 300 terabytes of data per month. This is an unprecedented amount of incoming data that we process in real-time so it can be made useful and actionable for all of you. Continue →
This week’s Site of the Week highlights a brand new site – Narrative.ly - launched in September of this year. As they describe in their About Us section, they are a “platform devoted to original, true and in-depth stories.” Each week has a theme and every day, a new article is posted relating to that theme. Currently, Narrative.ly is only in New York but plans to expand to other cities soon. Continue →