FIR #817: Sarcasm poses a challenge in sentiment analysis


Quick News: Facebook and Twitter are increasingly sources of news for US users, why newsrooms should care about virtual reality, are videos going vertical (thanks to Snapchat)?, Apple Pay launches in the UK with 250K stores and 8 banks participating; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop;

News That Fits: Sarcasm poses a challenge for computer algorithms in sentiment analysis; Dan York’s Tech Report: IETF93, the future of podcasting; listener comments; social by design: how Ogilvy leveraged the Chinese obsession for naming; Igloo Software promo; the past week on the FIR Podcast Network;

Music by Diablo Swing Orchestra; and more.

Links to the content in this episode are on Delicious.

Listen Now:

Get FIR:

Messages from our sponsors: Save time with the CustomScoop online clipping service: sign up for your free two-week trial, at; Igloo Software, providers of an intranet you’ll actually like, delivered securely with our cloud platform: learn more at

FIR Community on Google+Share your comments or questions about this podcast, or suggestions for future podcasts, in the online FIR Podcast Community on Google+.

You can also send us instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971, or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

To receive all podcasts in the FIR Podcast Network, subscribe to the “everything” RSS feed. To stay informed about occasional FIR events (eg, FIR Live), sign up for FIR Update email news.

(Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network. Image at top via iProspect.)

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

Comments are closed.