Microsoft’s FUSE Labs unveils Emporia (alpha)


Ralf Herbrich of FUSE Labs in the UK just unveiled a new project that indexes and provides “lenses” on to Twitter here at the Thinking Digital conference in Gateshead. Project Emporia is available to play with now in Alpha form (i.e. early code) and allows you to browse and vote on information flowing through the Twitter ‘stream’ with your own lens to and tune it for content of interest to you – you can do this with or without a Twitter account.

In a nutshell, Project Emporia gives you a personalized search experience over publically available social network data from Twitter. It lets you browse, find, and discover highly relevant information on topics you’re interested in rather than surf the firehose of content from Twitter.

Emporia uses the Matchbox technology from Microsoft Research where Ralf is originally from – he’s the man behind the TrueSkill which is the clever stuff that does game player matching in Halo and other games on XBOX Live.

Go have a play with Project Emporia – it just went live!

oh and @herbkim asked Ralf in closing whether he got 20% time similar to Google engineers. Ralf’s answer – nah, I get 100% time Smile

Comments (5)
  1. Saqib Ali says:

    super cool!!!! 🙂

  2. Saqib Ali says:

    The Silverlight version required by Emporia seems to conflict with the Silverlight version required by Netflix………

  3. stevecla01 says:

    I'll pass on the feedback Saqib – thanks for that


  4. Jim Lewallen (Microsoft FUSE Labs) says:

    Hello Saqib!

    We're looking into this one now.  Likely this will turn out to be incompatibilities resulting from pre-release versions of the frameworks, but I want to test myself to see if I can reproduce the problem.

    Thank you!

    @jameslew on twitter

  5. Jim Lewallen (Microsoft FUSE Labs) says:

    Hi again Saqib,

    I tested this on my machine here at the office; ran Netflix to watch a tv show, then went to the projectemporia site and installed the newer version of Silverlight.  After restarting both browsers, both applications seemed to work properly in parallel.

    Can you tell me more about the environment; browser, os, etc?

    Thank you!

    @jameslew on twitter

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