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Could Twitter identify the best domain registrars?

October 11, 2012domain registrar reviews, Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, kevin ohashi, sentiment analysisComments Off on Could Twitter identify the best domain registrars?

The sentiment of your tweets may suggest which domain name registrars are best.

Review SignalA few weeks ago TechCrunch wrote about Kevin Ohashi’s new web hosting review site ReviewSignal.com.

(If Ohashi’s name rings a bell, Ohashi is a Domain Name Wire reader and you may have seen some of his comments on the site before.)

TechCrunch titled its post “Web Hosting Reviews Are A Cesspool. Review Signal Wants To Fix That”.

If you’ve ever searched for web hosting reviews then you will likely agree with the title. They’re a joke, mostly made of biased affiliate sites that get paid when you sign up for a hosting plan.

To solve that, ReviewSignal.com uses sentiment analysis from tweets to determine which web hosts are best.

Since Ohashi has a background in domain names — and web hosting and domains go together — does that mean the site will eventually rate domain registrars as well?

Ohashi says he may expand from just web hosting reviews to domain names as well. But it will be a monumental task. Ohashi told me he went through between 10k-20k tweets manually to train machine learning systems and understand the data as a human before he was able to release the hosting reviews. Sentiment analysis on hosting won’t be exactly the same as domains, and it will take a lot of work to prepare.

I hope Ohashi goes through the effort, as I think the results would be very interesting.


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