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This article was published on August 6, 2008


Staggering graphs, keep ’em coming: the Twitter edition

Staggering graphs, keep ’em coming: the Twitter edition
Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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Ernst-Jan Pfauth

Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

Remember the Last.fm graphs I discussed a few weeks ago? It gave a gorgeous and insightful visualization of your music history. The master behind this technology is Lee Byron, read his explanation and motivation on his personal blog. Now another developer, Jeff Clark, has created a Twitter version called StreamGraphs:

The StreamGraph shows the usage over time for the words most highly associated with the search word. One of these series together with a time period are in a selected state and coloured red. The tweets that contain this word in the given time period are shown below the graph.

You can either enter a random search word or your username. Then StreamGraph grabs the data of the 200 latest tweets containing the keyword. See the graph in this post for the visualization of our Twitter account. Check out the launch date of the iPhone to see how accurate the visualization is.

Don’t forget to check out some earlier work of Jeff Clark, as he’s also the man behind TwitArcs and Twitter Spectrum.