If you're a software developer (I'm not), you might find it easy to throw together a new application. You can handle pulling in data, moving it around, and displaying results—the normal software stuff. If you're analyzing social media content, though, the core functions of text analytics might be something you'd rather not learn. There's an API for that.
These services—some free, most commercial—allow you to skip the R&D and plug text analytics into your system. In a market crowded with me-too platforms, it might be the step that gets you off the entry-level rung of the ladder.
- Aiaioo Labs
- AlchemyAPI (Orchestr8)
- ConveyAPI (Converseon)
- Expert System
- Open Amplify
- Semantic Engines
- ToneAPI (Lymbix)
- Tweetfeel (Conversition)
More posts in the "Build or Buy?" series:
- Building Blocks of Social Media Analysis
- Professional-Strength Social Media Aggregators
- The Rise of the "Influence" Peddlers
Visualization by Thomas Jenkins.
Analytics as a service: AaaS? Wouldn't want to hazard a pronunciation on that one.