Posts Tagged ‘Mindmap

30
Jul
09

Get the overview on what is happening on Twitter visually!

example

Now available as a web service!

Have you lost who is saying what to who? Do you think one image(graph) says more than a thousand words(tweets)? Are you tired of clicking back and forth to see conversations?

I’ve made a new Twitter solutions that shows all your tweets and your friends tweets in one graph. It connects your tweets to the people you @refer to and to #tags!

To try this great application download it from my Box.net widget as usual. The usage is:

$ python tweetograph.py USERNAME:PASSWORD[ dot|neato|twopi|circo|fdp]

Requires Python-Twitter and PyDot to run. You can optionally specify the Graphviz tool you want to use for layout(default is dot), see Wikipedia.

Known bugs:

  • Dot is really picky on characters entered, so currently some characters get stripped

Update: Now it even draws dotted lines from ReTweets to their original, so you can actually see where that RT came from!

Update: here is a PDF of my network, so you can see how it works: bobdebvlinder(rendered using neato)

Update: Replies now get a dashed line between them so you can really follow conversations!

27
Jul
09

Twitter mindmap

I’ve never used Twitter before, I considered it useless. But today I registered at Twitter.com, only to surf straight to their API page to realize my new idea.

Those of you familiar with the concept of mindmaps know that they can visualize information which normally would need pages in one single image. Wouldn’t it be great if you could see your network and messages as a network/mindmap? It IS a network after all. 😉

What I made is a mere proof of concept. It fetches some friends and messages from Twitter and shows them at a random place connected with black lines to their author, @friends and #tags. Clicking on a friend shows their network. All objects ar draggable, thanks to jQuery(the image below is slightly ordered 😀 ).

I’ve got no place to put this except for here, so I can only give you an image and a zip file(Box widget over there >>> ), no live example.

Mindmap




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