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Machine learning: bitly can do a lot more for you than shrink your URLs..

bitly's contributions to BigData and Machine learning Greetings to all of my fellow technologists.  I wanted to write an article to let you know about some very interesting resources that bitly has made available to developers and data lovers alike.  Just in case you've been living under a rock, bitly provides a URL shortening service.  What you may not know is they offer much more than that. Popular links can tell us a lot about the world If you have been working with machine learning and big data, I'm sure you know that access to data is extremely useful and that one of the best places to find useful data regarding what's happening on the Internet and in the world is the "Social web".  Everyone uses facebook, twitter, goggle+.  A lot of people use services like these to share with the world the subjects that they find important.  So that makes these networks extremely important regarding what people are looking at on the Internet and thus what people care about throughout the world.  Considering the fact that the same people that use these social networking tools to communicate with the world also use the bitly service to communicate the URLs of the pages that they find interesting or important, one would think that bitly's data could tell us a lot about what's going on in the world, and in real-time. Hilary Mason, remember the name A new hero of mine as an activist regarding machine learning and BigData is none other than Hilary Mason.  From her blog at  Hilary Mason states "I'm the Chief Scientist at bitly, co-organizer of DataGotham, Co-Founder of HackNY, member of NYC Resistor".  Her blog post titled "Bitly Social Data APIs" describes some really interesting services that bitly offers to the public for obtaining useful information regarding links shared by bitly.  These services include how to see where in the world people are consuming a particular bitly link , how to see what is the world paying attention to right now (called "bursting phrases"), and my personal favorite, a real-time search engine which will bring back search results that are relevant based on what people are clicking on the day of the search. Hilary Mason and bitly have provided some great tools for developers that are interested in machine learning and data science.  I urge you to check out some of her talks on . Links is Hilary Mason's blog is the blog post on bitly's social data apis Youtube videos: Hilary Mason on machine learning  That about does it for this article.  Please leave a comment and tell us about someone that you admire in regards to machine learning and BigData. Thanks for reading. Buddy James    

Windows 8: The twitter buzz

Opinions are like Twitter accounts And judging by the tweets I'm reading, Windows 8 opinions are roaring in.  I've written an application in C# using an open source twitter streaming API that will search twitter for all references to #windows8 and #win8.  You should see the console app as it scrolls with data.  I've designed the application to save each tweet to a database so I can go back and review all of the tweets and maybe run some statistics on the reviews.  The only thing that I can say at this point in regards to the opinions is that there are a lot of them.  I've seen plenty of good and bad tweets regarding the new operating system.  I think I'll share just a few of my favorite tweets that I've seen thus far. "Windows 8 is better than we thought it would be" - “amazed at how #Windows8 multitasks” 2 month old laptop w/ fast i7 chip and tons of RAM, still slooooow #windows8 upgrade. Many reboots, had to uninstall  Sell your #Microsoft stock now and buy some #apple stock.  I predict widespread consumer rejection of #windows8 one giant windows phone  #windows8 | hope I don't regret this. Well, #Windows8 is out. I'm gonna sit back and watch the insanity ensue as the masses figure out it sucks! Upgrading to #Windows8 taking too long. Been about 2 hours now. So, I purchased #Windows8 yesterday ( yes, release day) I'm pretty satisfied so far... its modern, relevant and super customizable. #Windows8 is a little like the Beatles getting back together, but finding out that the guy from Foreigner is on bass. Got #Windows8 running on my MacBook Pro! jQuery15206952005941420794_1351308656351jQuery15209289378202520311_1351308819962jQuery15209881514110602438_1351309413941 Ask you can see, the jury is still out on this bold move by Microsoft.   Let us not forget that many people hated Windows 95 when it came out and the negative response was a lot like we are seeing now with Windows 8. I'm currently waiting for my tablet to come in the mail and then I plan to write a full review on my experience with Windows 8. Happy computing! kick it on

About the author

My name is Buddy James.  I'm a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer from the Nashville, TN area.  I'm a Software Engineer, an author, a blogger (, a mentor, a thought leader, a technologist, a data scientist, and a husband.  I enjoy working with design patterns, data mining, c#, WPF, Silverlight, WinRT, XAML, ASP.NET, python, CouchDB, RavenDB, Hadoop, Android(MonoDroid), iOS (MonoTouch), and Machine Learning. I love technology and I love to develop software, collect data, analyze the data, and learn from the data.  When I'm not coding,  I'm determined to make a difference in the world by using data and machine learning techniques. (follow me at @budbjames).  

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