Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Secret Service wants software that detects social media sarcasm. Yeah, sure it will work.

The Secret Service is looking to buy software that can detect sarcasm on social media. Whatever. We're sure it will work.

In a work order posted online Monday, the agency said it wants analytics software that can, among other things, synthesize large sets of social media data and visually present that data. The request for proposals was first reported by

More specifically, the orders ask for a long list of specific tools, including the ability to identify social media influencers, analyze data streams in real time, access old Twitter data and use heat maps. And it wants the software to be compatible with Internet Explorer 8. (The agency is asking for a blanket purchasing agreement over a five-year period, which shows just how often the government updates its technology.)

Then there's the request to sift through the heaps of snark on Twitter and other social media services: "Ability to detect sarcasm and false positives," the request reads.

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Are these people writing snarky tweets? (Reuters/Kacper Pempel/Files)

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