So. Last night I was brainstorming a few ideas for the upcoming week and came up with a dumb little idea for a Twitter visualization. I thought it might be fun to put two recent Twitter posts side by side and see if, by chance, there might be a connection. For instance, someone asking a question like “Where is a good place to get a burrito at 2am in Nashville?” and someone else posting a random Twitter (tweet?) like “in the women’s room at the Aerosmith concert”. And then, what if instead of using the picture from the user’s account, why not do it in a cartoonish style, just to make it a little more fun? I actually had a few free hours, so I sat down with my laptop and a few beers to do some late night coding.
Here’s the result: http://www.twitterisweird.com
I’d love it if you guys would check it out and let me know if it’s working for you or not. There are future plans for this as well, I may set this up as a project under Cambrian House, but definitely let me know if you have any ideas or are interested in helping out. The code is very simple, and the ASP.NET AJAX stuff I used was awesome – highly recommended for you .NET devs out there. (I know, shameless plug – come on, I’m an evangelist!)
Oh yeah, I almost forgot to annouce the winner of the contest! Congrats to Timothy Chen from the Idea Is Queen blog. I’ve been following his posts for a while now, really great stuff over there. I’ll be getting in touch with you shortly to discuss
your my Ringside Startup contribution. Thanks to the rest of you who entered, I’ll be doing something similar in the future so no worries if you missed out on this one.
Also, greetings to anyone who wandered over here from TIW…but come on, you should have clicked the other link! 🙂