Comments on: How much is Twitter worth to high-frequency traders? http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: David Merkel http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/comment-page-1/#comment-7772 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 19:55:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/#comment-7772 And perhaps then Twitter could be used to manipulate markets?

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By: Alex J. Mann http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/comment-page-1/#comment-7771 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 19:28:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/#comment-7771 I run a social media analytics service and have considered numerous times times marketing it to traders, specifically the high frequency ones.

Overall, there doesn’t seem to be a huge demand for tracking Twitter, or they just don’t care. Their internal risk tools and buy / sell sentiment indexes are probably more accurate and actionable

With that being said, I don’t see the traders running for this Twitter data. The causation vs. correlation is too questionable.

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By: Buck Woodford http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/comment-page-1/#comment-7759 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 16:53:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/#comment-7759 I’m with Important Decisions guy.. would only be gamed from the outside. Already so much sentiment info out there, it jumbles into worthlessness IMO.

Plan your trade, trade your plan. Thats it.

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By: ZS http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/comment-page-1/#comment-7743 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 02:54:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/#comment-7743 This caught my eye and made me laugh. There are may be 5 guys out there who are seriously trying to trade on the news using non discretionary systems. And I doubt they make any real money. The idea that one would worry about milliseconds in this context is preposterous. This often happens when one combines things one hears about, but has no real understanding of them. I supposed this is what some people call blogging…

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By: Howard http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/comment-page-1/#comment-7740 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 01:05:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/#comment-7740 And if Important Decisions are being made on the basis of tweet-analysis, about how long do you think it’s going to take before we have tweeters tweeting away with the sole purpose of trying to influence said decisions? Especially if there’s, like, you know, real money at stake?

Probably be a good business opportunity for the botnet masters of the world… beats generating spam.

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By: KenG http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/comment-page-1/#comment-7727 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 19:49:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/#comment-7727 Filtering all those tweets for meaningful information would be like sifting through a garbage dump looking for a ring. Even if you want to develop software to look at their “firehose” (the image I have is more like a sewer line), you then have to factor in things like context and source – not quite yet a job for computers, even google’s.

Sounds like yet another attempt by twitter’s great PR machine to drum up interest in the company so somebody will buy them. Too bad Meg Whitman isn’t running ebay, she might buy them.

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By: capitalcalls http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/comment-page-1/#comment-7725 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 19:45:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/#comment-7725 the smart guys in finance have been looking at this stuff for a while and trying to stay on top of it. it does not sound like they see anything there yet, at least according to the guys i know.

the good thing is that there is already a market there (low latency news feeds). here is dj’s product: http://www.dowjones.com/product-elementi zed-news-feed.asp

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By: Mel http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/comment-page-1/#comment-7724 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 19:44:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/#comment-7724 “The problem if they did would not be latency from twitter-server to block-box-server, it would be latency from twitter poster in his office to twitter-server.”

Except that, in the words of the joke about the hikers and the bear, “I don’t have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you.”

The trick among the millisecond traders will be to work on information that’s perhaps 12.005 seconds old while the rest of the world is back maybe 13 seconds. Plus wicked fast algorithms that out-NSA the NSA by extracting The Real Truth from All The Information In The World. I think I hear the next bubble inflating.

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By: SP http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/comment-page-1/#comment-7721 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 19:10:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/10/08/how-much-is-twitter-worth-to-high-frequency-traders/#comment-7721 “Indeed, would they be willing to pay Twitter a huge amount of money just for the privilege of hosting its servers in a the same location as their own proprietary stock-trading black boxes?”

The problem if they did would not be latency from twitter-server to block-box-server, it would be latency from twitter poster in his office to twitter-server. Twitter is not real-time because it is relying on the internet (to clarify, it can’t guarantee response time from your fingers twittering to Tokyo traders hearbeat outpacing his fingers because the internet just doesn’t work like that, the packets go all over the place and no guaranteed end-to-end time is provided by nature of the IP protocol). Even traders at home using FIX protocol pay for duplicate high speed links, a ms here, a ms there and soon you’ve lost real money.

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