Socceroo fans can now keep track of every second of the action in South Africa, with the introduction of Tweetbeat World Cup.
The new Twitter filter was produced by Web company, Kosmix, and provides commentary, news and opinions about the games, and shows what people are saying about the tournament.
Tweetbeat scans up to 2000 tweets per second, more than 65 million tweets each day, to identify the most interesting and important comments about the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
“Very few other services have access to the Twitter firehose and offer the type of language processing Tweetbeat does,” Kosmix co-founder, Anand Rajaraman, said. “For the World Cup, our taxonomy, which has been under development for five years, knows the players, their nicknames, the teams they play for, past players, World Cup stadiums and much more. For example, we’d recognise a tweet about Harry Kewell as a tweet about the World Cup and the Socceroos.”
Tweetbeat organises comments and presents them in real-time, so football fans can follow their team, see the most popular tweets trending now, and read what people are saying about the competition. A speed slider lets you speed up or slow down the flow of tweets displayed on the page, and a scoreboard shows which team has the most Twitter buzz for each game. Fans can retweet the best comments or follow other Twitter users right from the site. A mobile version of Tweetbeat is also available for the iPhone.
Kosmix developed Tweetbeat by running the full Twitter stream through its categorisation engine. With more than 10 million nodes, the Kosmix engine is among the largest taxonomies of the Web and understands the relationship between things to an unprecedented degree, the company claims. As a result, Tweetbeat World Cup goes beyond keywords or hashtags to surface tweets about the tournament, teams, players, stadiums and fans, even if the tweet does not contain the term “World Cup"
It also ranks tweets about the World Cup to eliminate spam, reduce the noise and to show what’s currently resonating. Tweet ranking is automatically determined by measuring a variety of signals including the number of retweets, who tweeted and retweeted, how many similar stories are trending up, and how fast the tweet topic is growing.
Kosmix is applying these techniques to the World Cup teams and players as a showcase of what its technology can do. Later this year the company will release a full version of Tweetbeat across all topics.
Since the beginning of the tournament, Kosmix has reported the Socceroos have been tweeted more than 72,000 times, the fifth most tweeted team in the tournament, among a total of more than 2 million tweets about the World Cup. So far, the England team is the most tweeted with 178,055 tweets followed by the USA and Brazil, with 163,818 and 128,760 respectively.
The most tweeted player is Argentinean, Lionel Messi, with 39,083. He is followed by Portuguese star, Christiano Ronaldo has been tweeted about 32,108 times.