We’re in a fascinating age in which the intersection of data and design, powered by digital media, can manifest both usefully and gorgeously.
One of the coolest uses of data visualization is rendering social networks like Twitter 3D.
Unfortunately, through changes in the Twitter API, many developers have hit a stumbling block in generating creative new uses of Twitter data – but Twitter visualization projects still exist that blow our minds.
Check out 5 of our favorite ways to experience Twitter in 3D, right from your desk chair, below.
MentionMapp shows a visualization of the hashtags and users that Twitter users mention most often. Sign up for free by connecting your Twitter account, then type in any Twitter handle to bring up a beautiful interactive 3D map. You can click on any username or hashtag to dive deeper into the map, and also zoom in or out at will.
Check it out (the screenshot does not do the site justice):
Digital artist Jer Thorp created this beautiful video to represent travel-related tweets in visual form. As he said, “The idea is simple: Find tweets that contain [the] phrase ["Just landed in..."], parse out the location they’d just landed in, along with the home location they list on their Twitter profile, and use this to map out travel in the Twittersphere.”
Here’s the result:
Talk about eye candy. Social Collider tracks conversations based on users or topics on Twitter in mesmerizing visual fashion.
Here’s a snapshot of Lady Gaga on Social Collider:
The incredibly trippy TWITT3D lets you navigate your Twitter world in 3D. You can search by either user or keyword to see a virtual map of tweets and tweeters. Again, the screenshot doesn’t do it justice:
Have you found any cool Twitter visualization tools that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.
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