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The Battle of Colleges – Who Wins?

Numerous recently graduated high school seniors around the world have just finished the first leg in their academic journey and are now getting ready to begin the next: College. I’m sure many remember their last year in high school in, what I would deem, two distinct parts. There was the beginning of the year, the hard-working, I need to do my best this semester to get the best grades I’ve ever gotten to get into a good school, part of the year and then the latter, okay, I’m into college, let senioritis take over, part of the year. Let’s all try to forget the second part…and focus on the first part: the college search and application process. How do you decide where to apply? Do you follow the rankings? Which rankings do you follow? What do I even want to study? Is such and such a good school? These questions, among others, I can certainly say have invaded the minds of numerous college bound high school seniors and to be quite frank, there are no easy answers. There is so much to consider nowadays in your college search other that just academic reputation. To name a few that factored into mine: academics, reputation, sports, the weather, social life, clubs, the weather, job opportunities, location, professors, type of students, oh, and the weather. It’s often difficult to find out all the information you need to know about a college without spending countless hours driving to and from places, looking up different reviews online or scouring each college’s website. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is crucial to visit and research an institution to really know if it’s right for you. However, it is good to have some sort of central point to begin your search. TipTop is working on just that with its new application, Student T.

In the up and coming Student T application, TipTop will provide you with an in-depth analysis of any popular institution based on numerous online pieces of data including reviews, college websites and other such information. It can provide you with a categorical comparison of as many institutions as you would like as well as admission statistics and your specific chance of acceptance at these institutions based on previous admission history. Please take at a look below at our interface so far!

Battle of Colleges Widget UPDATE - Screenshot

Here we have TipTop’s new Battle of Colleges Widget. This application has the ability to take data on multiple colleges and then create categories on which to compare these colleges. This interface is very similar to TipTop’s previously launched TV Widget (Check it out here!) Just like the TV Widget, on the left, you will find each College or University being compared. Under “Select a college/university,” you are able to pick a college or university that you would like to learn more about. As soon as you start entering a specific school, the matching colleges or universities will appear right there in a dropdown list. You will find each category that TipTop has created on the top of the page and below them, the scores TipTop has given to the specific college or university. Scores that are above 0.5 indicate more positive reviews than negative for the school in a specific category, while those below 0.5 indicate more negative reviews than positive. A score equal to 0.5 shows that the number of positive and negative reviews were about equal for that category.

Like the TV Widget, there are scroll bars on the top and bottom and left and right of the page that allow you to compare multiple schools at once as well as view all of their scores easily. In the above demo, the category, “education” is highlighted as the main comparative feature and this can be done by selecting “education” from the “to compare by” drop down menu on the top left.

By clicking on one of scores, TipTop provides you with links and previews of different websites that discuss the college referencing that specific category. Just click on the small square box to the left of the description, and TipTop will redirect you to the site.

Student T is still in progress, but we at TipTop are working to bring you this one-of-a-kind application soon to help all those rising high school seniors out! Check back for more updates soon!

Rahul Raj, Marketing Intern at TipTop Technologies

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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

The Strength of TipTop: Data Analysis

The TipTop Engine is a powerful data analytics machine that has the ability to not only read and interpret data, but also present such analysis to its users in an easy to understand, organized fashion. Today I would like to take the time to highlight three different aspects of TipTop’s analytics abilities, namely opinion/frequency analysis, segmentation and categorization. For each method of analysis, I have included a description and demo of the technology.

Opinion/Frequency Analysis

TipTop’s main website (feeltiptop.com) is a highly advanced search engine that provides users with up-to-date news and trending topics. It takes data from multiple news sources and Twitter feeds, looks at which topics are most talked about and presents this data to the user. In the image below, the featured topics are contained in the “Topics in the News” section. Each of the words is color-coded indicating positive (green), negative (red) or neutral news (orange), which TipTop has determined through its extensive analysis of the news topic. Additionally, the size of the font indicates importance or frequency of the topic with larger text meaning higher frequency while smaller text meaning lower frequency. When a topic is clicked, TipTop generates a list of the articles relating to that topic and provides links to the user so they can read more about it.

FeelTipTop Home Page Screen Shot

Categorization Analysis

Another one of TipTop’s data analysis methods includes categorization. This is the ability of the engine to read data and then determine categories in which to divide the information contained in such data. TipTop has applied this form of analysis to it’s recently launched TV Widget, shown below. Here TipTop compiles different forms of data on televisions, whether it be reviews or other information sources, and then creates categories on which to compare the televisions. These categories are listed at the top of the bar and under this, TipTop has even given a score to the respective television for that category.

TV Widget Photo-2

Another very useful application of categorization is in college or university comparison. Students nowadays have a lot to consider beyond just reputation when they want to decide where to apply to college. With TipTop’s Battle of Colleges, students can compare numerous colleges in numerous categories. In the demonstration below, four colleges are compared, and the data is displayed in a single bar chart. The categories for comparison are located on the horizontal axis while each score the school received in that category is on the vertical axis. You are able to see each individual score by dragging your mouse over the graph, as done below.

Battle of Colleges Screen Shot (1)

TipTop also utilizes another visualization technique with categorization known as the Treemap, shown below. This interface was used to look at news topics around the world. I decided to look up some more information about Lebron James. All I did was type his name into the search bar at the top right corner. The Treemap design is similar to that of feeltiptop, as in the color coding scheme is the same and rather than enlarged text, the larger size of the box indicates more articles. By clicking on the box, a pop-up window appears with links to different articles about the topic you have searched for.

Treemap Screen Shot (1)

Segmentation

The final form of analysis I would like to look at is that of segmentation. This is essentially the ability of TipTop to take a piece of user-inputted text and segment it or split into it’s various parts. Below is a demo of the technology used on an online article about the recently passed California TRUST Act. As shown below, TipTop has split the article into its various parts based on what the article discusses. Under each category is the actual text of the article which helps the user determine where to look in the text for specific information.

Segmentation Demo Screen Shot (1) (1)

TipTop’s multiple forms of analysis and visualization truly exemplify its unique and broad versatility. We at TipTop are harnessing these abilities and working on new opportunities for the technology as well with other companies to bring our technology to them. Be on the lookout for more news about TipTop!

Rahul Raj, Marketing Intern at TipTop Technologies, Inc.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Looking to watch FIFA 2014? Let TipTop help!

The FIFA World Cup is finally back, and fans from all over the world are tuning in to get a glimpse of the action. But what good is watching FIFA if you can’t have the best viewing experience there is? TipTop’s new TV Widget will help you find the best TV to watch football with just the click of a button! 

TipTop’s TV Widget takes multiple TV models and analyzes different reviews on each one. It then creates categories and evaluates each TV’s strength in these categories.  Below is what the widget looks like in action!

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On the left, you will find each TV model being compared. Under “Select a Television,” you are able to pick a television that you would like to learn more about. As soon as you start entering a television brand, the matching television models will appear right there in a dropdown list. You will find each category that TipTop has created on the top of the page and below them, the scores TipTop has given to the specific television. Scores that are above 0.5 indicate more positive reviews than negative for the model in a specific category, while those below 0.5 indicate more negative reviews than positive. A score equal to 0.5 shows that the number of positive and negative reviews were about equal for that category.

There are scroll bars on the top and bottom and left and right of the page that allow you to compare multiple TV’s at once as well as view all of their scores easily. In the above demo, the category, “color” is highlighted as the main comparative feature and this can be done by selecting “color” from the “to compare by” drop down menu on the top left. 

By clicking on one of scores, TipTop provides you with links and previews of different websites reviewing the TV model and talking about that specific feature. Just click on the small square box to the left of the description, and TipTop will redirect you to the site. 

We at TipTop hope you enjoy the World Cup this year and are glad that we could help make your viewing experience better! 

Rahul Raj, Marketing Intern at TipTop Technologies

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Wishing you a TipTop Thanksgiving

Wishing you a TipTop Thanksgiving

Turkey season is here and we are thankful to all the wonderful people who are discussing and sharing all manner of Thanksgiving plans and recipes on the web. TipTop’s Thanksgiving Special for 2011 has mined thousands of these conversations and brings them to you in our cool new interface.

Neatly arranged on the left you will find Top food and recipe ideas, Top travel plans and destinations and Top activities.

What makes these Top items is simply that they have been favorite talking points for people in the last couple of weeks in their online Thanksgiving conversations.

When you click on any Top item in a tab on the left, the spaces on the right fill up with fresh Thanksgiving insights on that topic, nicely organized and tabulated to fulfill any objective you may have — from watching videos and viewing pictures, to getting a quick summary, to leisurely browsing among good or avoidable ideas.

Every day is full of surprises, and TipTop’s new interface (borrowed from our main site) makes tip-browsing and discovery a pleasure. Would you have guessed that so many people have Ramen noodles plans this Thanksgiving?

You can share any Tip or Top you like on Twitter or by email, and if there is something on your mind that’s missing from our Top lists, well, you can just type it into the Input tab and see the buzz on it right away. Who knows, your query may soon graduate to a Top item!

If you are short on ideas this Thanksgiving, or just want to feel the bonhomie out there, visit TipTop and be thankful for how much and freely others share with us.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families from all of us at TipTop!

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Spirits roam free this Halloween

Spirits roam free this Halloween

Our mining of last month’s tweets seems to show that free spirits are not just occupying Wall Street this fall season, but also plotting the usual ways to scare more pliant victims into coughing up some real candy.

Indeed, some people have such wonderful ideas for their costumes, it’s a shame others don’t get to see more of them. As usual, this year we have collected, analyzed, filtered and categorized thousands of conversations about Halloween costumes that you can explore and share to your heart’s content.

You will find people dressing themselves (and their friends, kids, and friends’ kids) up as Celebrities, weird and not-so-weird Creatures, Animals, Fictional characters and more.

We hope you will also like the new tabbed interface (borrowed from our new-look main page) which allows us to pack in a lot more into the same space, but gives you more control over how you browse.

So with two clicks, I can see one of my favorites from different “angles”, and am pleased to report that while Steve Jobs is no more, his spirit is not only immortal but very popular (and mostly happy!)

Steve Jobs Halloween TipTop Insights

Steve Jobs Halloween spirit

Even tried-and-trusted favorites like the pumpkin and the witch continue to surprise and delight. For example, here is a one-year old Handpicked tip that I discovered, with step-by-step pictures on how to make a paper witch cut-out.

Witch Halloween TipTop Insights

Halloween witchcraft

I immediately felt like sharing the link, and did: my own girls delight in more grown-up witchcraft now, but I hope some other little girls or their parents out there will find the tip fun to try.

Whether you are young or old, whether you like to stick with old faithfuls, or will be brave enough to consider the zany Charlie Sheen (always good for new laughs!) –

Charlie Sheen Halloween TipTop Insights

TipTop Insights -- Charlie Sheen Halloween

we’re sure you’ll enjoy browsing these delightful pages, full of hundreds of fresh Halloween insights every time you visit.

Wishing you a TipTop Halloween!

 

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President Obama Approval Trends: Post bin Laden, Middle East Speech & Netanyahu

TipTop has been tracking ‘Obama‘ tweets from around the world for over 18 months and we’ve been watching the people’s mood turn steadily against the President for a couple weeks now after his ratings jumped above a satisfaction level of 50 on May 2nd.  The Gallup Daily Obama Job Approval poll also shows that President Obama’s post-bin-Laden bounce in popularity has run its course as mentioned in this National Journal article. Comparing the charts below, you can see how the Gallup Daily telephone poll follows TipTop’s sentiment trend analysis of President Obama tips found in social media.

Using TipTop’s social search, you can also get a snapshot of public sentiment and the related topics that are buzzing around news events, celebrity figures or popular trends. I was interested in the public reaction around the world to President Obama’s Middle East Speech. Below are pre and post-speech TipTop tweets around the trending twitter hashtag topics #MEspeech and #Obama which show both the buzz topics and the overall negative sentiment around the President and his speech.

On TipTop search you can share more than tips. For example, you can share sentiment trends & current topics around events like the Obama-Netanyahu meeting.

Whatever your interest — Gaddafi or Strauss-Kahn, Japan or Israel, Zombie Apocalypse or  #iftheworldendsonsaturday — get the best tips at www.feeltiptop.com or m.feeltiptop.com, your window to the world.

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Does Social Media Make You Dizzy? Let the TipTop Reader for SD2 Break It Down

The TipTop Reader plugin for the Seesmic Desktop 2 client is a great way to meaningfully & efficiently break down information flowing through your social networks & news feeds topic by sentiment-fused topic. I had Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin & Google Reader accounts, but after a while I just ignored them due to lack of time, feeling inundated with information, and seemingly useless updates from friends, followers & feeds. After I downloaded the TipTop Reader SD2 plugin from Seesmic Marketplace I was amazed how social media feeds & my friend’s updates were opened up to me in a constructive engaging way. Rather than being overwhelming with others’ publishing agendas, I could delve into the topics I wanted and see all related content in one place in the TipTop sentiment cloud. All of a sudden I could check out Facebook updates that I was actually interested in, Tweets about topics I cared about & articles from Google Reader that I was intrigued to read.

The TipTop Reader plugin for SD2 was built using TipTop’s semantic technology. The full social search experience on TipTop can be found by going to http://feeltiptop.com or using your smart-phone and visiting m.feeltiptop.com.

Have a tip top week!

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
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