Twitter = The Matrix

A while back, as part of my hiatus from blogging, I was wondering what the best way to visualize twitter would be.

Twitter is a real time system in which there is a constant flow of data. The data describes entities – both humans and bots. You can say whatever you want on twitter and pose as whoever you want to pose as. The place where I have seen a similar system visualized in The Matrix. An endless flow of characters in vertical lines, seemingly describing something that only the experienced people can understand.

The visualization I had in mind is vertical lines falling like rain. Each line representing an entity. The only drawback is that English is written from left to right. So here’s a Japanese representation done by someone else. Simply brilliant and in my opinion, the best possible representation of tweets and entities on twitter.

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