News aggregators take selected Twitter accounts and include them with the rest of the news on major equities or commodities. Most often these accounts simply echo the other news sources, they're not giving you the rich insight offered by a wider range of Twitter users that you control. EarlyBird users typically follow a number of Twitter accounts that they trust, together with SmartTracks to bring in further financially relevant Tweets from other Twitter sources you wouldn't have thought of.
In a recent side-by-side test over a 20 minute period, we found a major news aggregator ignored more than 30 Tweets on a particular stock, several of them with market moving content, which EarlyBird included. With EarlyBird you can adjust the curation so you get rid of the noise most of the time, then open the filters up when you want to delve in further, say to investigate a price move the aggregators can't explain.
Yes. EarlyBird is used on some of the largest tradefloors in the world, fully locked down. We have never required any IT group to make any changes to their network, firewalls or desktop configuration, and users do not require admin rights to run the main web client.
Premium users get access to The Warbler - a tasktray app that gives you Tweet popups on your choice of screen or location, with your chosen filtering. This needs admin rights to install, but again no changes to network or firewalls etc.
OpenFin is an independent application used by many major banks and funds to wrap HTML5 apps in a desktop window.
We have a guide to assist with the installation of OpenFin if you're not already using it.
No. Users are unable to Tweet, retweet or mark "favourites". In fact there is absolutely no outgoing communication.
You are opening your company up to major risk of collusion and other market abuse. Recent FX and LIBOR fixing scandals used other forms of chat rooms. Twitter is the perfect candidate for this type of activity, because Tweets can be deleted.
Even if your traders behave impeccably, as we all expect they will, their use of Twitter will leave a trail that will reveal your trading strategy. Using protected Twitter accounts is worse, and opens up further risks. In addition to all these risks, your users are getting a fraction of the value Twitter provides, because the standard Twitter clients are not designed for finance. Our bread and butter at EarlyBird is providing fully safe, compliant Twitter access with a tool that surpasses anything else on the market for getting value from Twitter.