All Your Basque Are Belong To Umap
Umap is a Twitter-based product developed by CodeSyntax, our little company. It collects and processes all the tweets (or at least most of them) in a certain language.
We have just tried it with Basque language, but we hope that some other languages will be coming soon. You can see the Umap's Basque version at eu.umap.eu. The app works with some automatic processes:
- A method to detect Basque speaker Twitter users.
- Detect all the tweets of those users and distinguish the Basque tweets of those users.
- Extract trends. and other data, for instance langauge-usage stats of the users being tracked.
Some more info in the company's English-language blog.
We hope to launch other Umap versions. Some languages and countries do have commercial possibilities, obviously. However, being Basques, we know minority languages first-hand, and commercial approaches are probably not practical for others in our situation.
We think that above 500 hundred original Twitter users, and not all of them using the language all the time, but with occasional users among them, it will work fine for a given community. The release of something like Umap could atract more users, and usage of Twitter is also expected to grow.
It would be nice to contact with some citizen association / media organisation / language promotion board / administration body that may want to make use of this tool, rigth now, in the most affordable way, with prospects for continuity and with the safe assumption that it will have a great impact in language use in the most cutting-edge of the communication realms, that of the Realtime Internet. Follow or DM Luistxo on Twitter if you're interested.
Plus: Umap looks great on an Apple © iPad