Building BC Firemap Plus: Mapping Wildfires using Open Data

Neil JohnstonEducational, Media

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Mapping Wildfires – British Columbia 2017 I’ve run head first into the internet connectivity divide; my parents, located north of Williams Lake near Soda Creek have been put under Evacuation Order – they do not have internet.  I, surrounded by connectivity, have discovered an evacuation order for their area at 8:00PM – it had been posted online at 2:09PM.  My … Read More

How Social Media Intelligence Can Save Your Public Relations Pitfall

EchosecBrand Reputation, General

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The Public Relations industry has changed dramatically in recent years. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media sites are now where everyone receives their news and information. Newspapers, television news and radio reports have become more and more antiquated. Social media intelligence is more important than ever. Our new methods of communication are instantaneous. Nowadays, public relations and marketing teams have … Read More

What is fake news? And how to spot it.

Paula HingleyEducational, Journalism, Media

What is Fake News? On June 1st, 1897, The New York Herald published an article claiming that famous American writer Mark Twain was “grievously ill and possibly dying.” The following day, Twain was quoted by The New York Journal as saying, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” In those days, such rumours would have been called ‘untruths,’ ‘false … Read More

The Top 4 Ways a Social Media Map Can Help in a Disaster

Kira KirkEducational

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A Real-Time Social Media Map When disasters occur, we all want to help. A real-time social media map is one of the fastest ways to get emergency responders where they need to be. Since Echosec is a leader in location-based social media search and discovery, we thought we would share some actions our clients take in a disaster response scenario … Read More

Sentiment Analysis and Your Reputable Brand

Paula HingleyBrand Reputation, Educational, Marketing

 Human emotion is complex. It’s one of the seemingly few things that computers haven’t quite figured out how to navigate yet. So when we see a social media platform offering sentiment analysis as a feature, what does that really mean? Here at Echosec, we help organizations find and filter billions of social media posts every day. When we geofence a location … Read More

What Is Reddit? And Why Should You Care?

Paula HingleyEducational, Feeds

Reddit is one of the newest data sources found on Echosec. The brainchild of a couple of college roommates, Reddit is the 7th most visited website in the US and 22nd in the world. A whopping 500 million people log in each month. Users of the site (known as “Redditors”) appreciate the democratic nature of the site. Instead of organizing … Read More

What is Flickr? Why is it Cool?

Paula HingleyEducational, Feeds

What is Flickr? Yahoo’s photo curating platform, after over a decade in operation, remains to be a favourite in the photographic community. (DMR Stats says) Flickr’s current user base sits around 122 million people in 63 countries. What is Flickr Good At? Enthusiasts of the popular site appreciate the ability to retain the original resolution of their photos, in contrast … Read More

Airbnb Top Ten – The Social Media Perspective

Paula HingleyMarketing

or… Air B & Beyond!   Everybody (well, almost everybody) does a bit of research about their travel destinations ahead of their holidays. The tried and true method of scouring websites & books is a great way to learn about a location, but what about discovering the area around your desired temporary abode using real-time, live social data? With location-based … Read More

What is Foursquare? Hyper-local Business Intelligence

EchosecBrand Reputation, Business Intelligence, Feeds, Marketing

Where are you right now? Where are your friends? Is that Bourbon sour any good? Where should we go for breakfast? Foursquare was designed to answer all of these questions. What is Foursquare? Created in 2009, Foursquare (according to their website) “is a technology company that uses location intelligence to build meaningful consumer experiences and business solutions.” From a user’s … Read More

Ten Things We Know – Social Media Privacy

EchosecEducational, General, Privacy

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Principles for using live data, to build a better future.   The internet is continuously enhancing our ability to connect people and objects around the world. We can better understand these connections by visualizing them in different ways. One way of doing this is to organize these connections by location. This enables us to better leverage this big data. Social … Read More