“Apple has bought the social media analysis company Topsy, in a deal reportedly worth $200m.
Led by Oxford graduate Duncan Greatwood, Topsy provides access to the “firehose” of every tweet generated on Twitter, and also indexes social networks including Facebook and Google+.”
“the new addition suggests that Apple is seeking to expand its influence in the social media sphere – an area where it has previously struggled to make any impact after the failure of its Ping social music service, which chief executive Tim Cook shut down in September 2012.”
“Apple’s purpose in buying the company could be to improve its iAds service, which has suffered from poor sales, or to improve its general web services functionality as it tries to compete with Google and Microsoft as the basis of smartphone and tablet competition shifts from hardware towards software and services. Apple lags behind Google in particular in web services, where the search company has advantages in fields such as local data, maps, and voice search.”
“Topsy, founded in 2007, has created a complete searchable archive of 450 billion tweets sent over Twitter since it was set up, and added other analytics tools to make itself useful to businesses – who can buy pro services in order to tailor their social efforts”
“Vipul Ved Prakash, the co-founder and chief technology officer, told Techcrunch in September that “The amount of data being created on Twitter plus Facebook today is more than the data being created on the rest of the web… Social data has become the bigger public corpus.””
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