Each December, as we take stock of the past year, two things are always true: The world has seen great changes and many of those changes were unpredictable. Though breaking events cannot be foreseen, social media has made it easier to spot them early. When we understand what’s going on sooner, we can make better decisions for our businesses and for our safety. Dataminr is proud to assist in this effort by providing real-time information to our clients across the globe.
As 2017 comes to a close, we wanted to take stock of all the changes the year brought. To do this, Dataminr’s data science and engineering teams pulled some of the biggest stories based on our alert volume, providing insight into the year’s events and how social media improved our awareness of them.
Here’s just a small sampling of the year’s biggest events:
- President Trump’s Travel Ban (January 28, 2017): Tweets around the administration’s travel ban came in at roughly 40,000 Tweets per hour when the news broke on Jan. 28, sparking heated public debate.
- The Carters Announce Two Upcoming Arrivals (February 1, 2017): Beyonce's baby announcement broke on social media. The singer’s post sent Twitter into hysteria, with over 44,000 Tweets per hour.
- Peru’s Devastating Floods (March 19, 2017): Peru saw its worst flooding in decades, with landslides and sustained rains killing more than 100 people, displacing more than 150,000 residents, and causing $3.1 billion in damages.
- North Korea Launches Missile (May 13, 2017): As news first came out about North Korea launch of an ICBM into the Sea of Japan, social media chatter took off as Dataminr pushed out a multitude of alerts to our clients.
Download our 2017 Lookback report to see our full review of some of the year's biggest moments.
As we look forward to 2018, we know to expect the unexpected. We also know the evolving role of social media will remain key to Dataminr’s ability to provide real-time breaking news alerts to help our clients stay informed, respond and react.