The Book of Trees is now available!      See other retailers
Home     About     VC Book     Stats     Blog     Books     Links     Contact  
Search the VC database:
    Social Networks   < Prev | 85 of 105 | Next >
The materials shown on this page are copyright protected by
their authors and/or respective institutions.
Social Collider
Author(s):
Karsten Schmidt, Sascha Pohflepp
Institution:
(unknown)
Year:
2009
URL:
http://socialcollider.net/
Project Description:
The Social Collider reveals cross-connections between conversations on Twitter.

With the Internet's promise of instant and absolute connectedness, two things appear to be curiously underrepresented: both temporal and lateral perspective of our data-trails. Yet, the amount of data we are constantly producing provides a whole world of contexts, many of which can reveal astonishing relationships if only looked at through time.

This experiment explores these possibilities by starting with messages on the microblogging-platform Twitter. One can search for usernames or topics, which are tracked through time and visualized much like the way a particle collider draws pictures of subatomic matter. Posts that didn't resonate with anyone just connect to the next item in the stream. The ones that did, however, spin off and horizontally link to users or topics who relate to them, either directly or in terms of their content.

The Social Collider acts as a metaphorical instrument which can be used to make visible how memes get created and how they propagate. Ideally, it might catch the Zeitgeist at work.

You can read more about the project here.

Comments (0):
*Note* Before you submit your comment, bear in mind there's no guarantee it will be seen by this project's author. In case you want to contact the author directly, please follow the provided URL.
Leave a Comment:
* COMMENTS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY DISABLED *
(We're looking for the best solution to avoid unwanted SPAM)
Manuel Lima | VisualComplexity.com