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SAFETY Act and Sports Teams – Using Twitter as an event scanner

A recent Boston Herald article reported that Major League Baseball (MLB) has asked all clubs to obtain Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act certification from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this post we’ll talk about the SAFETY Act and how Twitter can be leveraged with a tool to help sports venues […]


Twitter Firehose vs. Twitter API: What’s the difference and why should you care?

Users send 400 million tweets every day.  Ranked as the 10th most popular site in the world by Alexa rank in January 2013, Twitter boasts 500 million registered users. The only way to access 100% of those tweets in real-time is through the Twitter “Firehose.” The other option for accessing tweets is using one of Twitter’s direct […]


The value of defining your own search dataset

There are many web monitoring and listening platforms, both free and commercial options, available online. The majority of these companies advertise their ability to monitor and scour hundreds of thousands of sources simultaneously. These turnkey solutions allow the user to submit lists of keywords and the platform returns thousands of hits from blogs, message boards, social […]


How our alerts are different than Google alerts

Our last post was on why we’re different than Google search and in this post we want to discuss why our Deep Web alerts are different than Google Alerts. Learn what alerts we can set up, how they’re different than a Google Alert, and examples of how BrightPlanet’s Deep Web alerts can be used. Page […]


Why we’re different than Google search

When demoing our products, we often spend a lot of time answering questions about how BrightPlanet’s solutions are different than a regular Google search. Potential users often want BrightPlanet to search a certain keyword for them across the entire web. We don’t do that. Discover what we do, why it’s different than a Google search, […]


BrightPlanet® Named to Leading Industry Analyst Firm List for Deep Web Solutions

May 7, 2013 – Sioux Falls, S.D. – BrightPlanet Corporation announced today that it was recently named as one of just five selected companies in the  “Cool Vendors in Information Infrastructure and Big Data 2013”1 by Gartner, Inc., the leading industry analyst firm. The report recognizes emerging vendors bringing novel approaches to addressing information management […]


Boston Marathon Tragedy: The Use of Twitter in a Crisis by Law Enforcement and Public Service Agencies

Overnight the Boston Police Department Twitter handle (@Boston_Police) went from 55,000 followers to over 117,000 followers as a result of the Boston Marathon tragedy. Twitter and other social media tools are powerful tools for civilians, law enforcement, and public service agencies during and after a crisis as we saw over the last couple of days.


Stage 3: Extracting Intelligence out of Big Data from the Deep Web

Welcome to the third and final installment of our three-part blog series on how data goes from the Deep Web to actionable intelligence. In the first installment, we learned about harvesting unstructured content/data at large scale from the Deep Web. In the second posting, we then learned about the normalization and enrichment of that data […]


Final Results of #Poltwt Tweet-a-thon

BrightPlanet has tallied the final results from the Global Law Enforcement Tweet-a-Thon, an event created and produced by LAwS Communications .  Over 200 police departments, from at least 10 countries, speaking 23 languages, participated in a 24-hour “virtual ride-along” on March 22-23. #poltwt was even a top 10 trending topic in the United States on […]