Twitter is investing $ 10 million in the MIT lab




From organizing protests around the world to share videos and jokes – people are using Twitter to spread the most diverse information on the Internet. California-based company, residing on a wave of popularity, has decided to allocate 10 million dollars to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), so he figured out how Twitter helps people achieve their goals. The study should reveal all the mechanisms for disseminating information on the web.

Over the next five years, researchers from MIT will analyze the vast amount of content from Twitter, Reddit and other social resources to create new communication tools that can be used by journalists and political scientists to discover new trends.

According to the newspaper Daily Mail, within MIT will create a so-called social laboratory machines (Laboratory of Social Machines). Scientists will extract information from the database website Gnip, owned by Twitter. The site keeps a huge amount of tweets.

Twitter wants to better understand the behavior of users of the service. In the past, the company has already funded some academic institutions in the framework of Twitter Data Grants, but they are not comparable with the amount allocated to researchers MIT.

Researchers hope to understand how far can spread some messages on the web, where there are rumors as formed opinions and ideas arise.

According to CEO Dick Costolo Twitter, the company wants to clarify the role of Twitter and other social platforms in people’s lives . The results can be used to solve complex social problems.


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