Dataminr Hacks Twitter to Find Breaking News and Help Journalists Verify Information

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Breaking news often pops up on Twitter but, given that over 500 million tweets sent every day, it can take some time to find the most important and newsworthy. To help journalists find important news stories as they happen, Twitter is partnering with real-time information discovery company Dataminr to develop a breaking news alert system for journalists called Dataminr for News.

Dataminr for News is an enterprise product, developed through close collaboration with CNN, that uses algorithms to discover, qualify and categorize key information in real-time. Using Dataminr for News journalists do not have to waste time actively following feeds all day; instead, they sign up for Dataminr’s alerts. By selecting the topics and regions relevant to them, media professionals can receive alerts on breaking information directly into their existing workflow, whether that be through an application, email, pop-up notification or instant message. Dataminr for News can also be integrated into a newsroom’s existing internal alert system.

“This creates a seamless, real-time bridge between the front edge of Twitter and decision-makers in the newsroom,” wrote Ted Bailey, Founder and CEO of Dataminr. Dataminr for News also helps journalists contextualize and verify information by providing follow-on, real-time analytics.

Twitter seems excited to allow journalists to hack its service for news purposes. Jana Messerschmidt, vice president of business development and platform relations at Twitter, said:

Dataminr’s technology represents some of the best real-time Twitter analysis we’ve seen. Its ability to identify critical Tweets almost immediately makes it a great tool for news organizations.

Dataminr for News will be available to all news agencies around the world this year.

Learn more about Dataminr for News in the video below, or by clicking here.

Lauren Mobertz

By Lauren Mobertz

Lauren is the former managing editor for DashBurst. One part geek, one part urban nomad, she is constantly scouting for the latest tech and world news. In the evenings you'll find Lauren running in strange places or attempting to dance salsa.