Wednesday, July 27, 2011

@mention constellations

I've been lucky enough working at Twitter to entertain a hobby project or two. My current obsession is "@mention constellations". Let me show you them:

@mention constellations

What you're looking at is a small section of a larger graph showing Twitter users mentioning other Twitter users. Each vertex is a Twitter account. Each directed edge is a mention of one account by another. In this image you can see some accounts which get mentioned a lot (lots of inbound arrows to a central point) and accounts which do a lot of mentioning (lots of outbound arrows from a central point). The latter are mainly automata.

To me, in this presentation, the many distinct configurations look like galaxies. Or perhaps viruses. Can you recognize the basic phyla in this ecosystem? Some commonality, a lot of diversity; it's a menagerie of conversational molecules akin to the patterns one finds in Conway's game of life.

I'm working with GraphViz to produce these images, and I have hopes for Gephi although it's not there yet.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

July 20th

shrieky baby is shrieky
getting my lion on
this one for @dickc RT @Kurt_Vonnegut: Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.
whoah. @wendyverse and I just witnessed @thebeean's first steps. we're gobsmacked.
wow wow wow RT @astro_aggie: This is best picture I've ever taken. Atlantis and aurora last week. Stunning! #FromSpace
by popular request, video of some of @thebeean's first steps this morning.…. um, pretend the underpants aren't there.
thanks @AlFranken for this most delightful takedown of a Focus on the Family witness at today's #DOMA hearing:…
i for one would like to learn more about "Windows Party Mode"
lolwut? private static Nothing nothing = new Nothing();
wow, google shuttering google labs. surprising.…
I liked a @YouTube video Rebecca Black - My Moment (NO AUTO-TUNE Version!)
long day is long. headed home.
not the most attractive window title for the default finder window in #lion:…
how long until the first pc oem reverses scroll direction on a windows laptop?
tonight @wendyverse will be modeling the twitter @townhall feetie from @OriginalFeetie:
wow, @salgar just sent me a message on Google Buzz. that dude is kicking it old-skool. respect!
the fact that apple's iPad business is bigger than dell's pc business is just mind-blowing.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

July 19th

haha! "Murdochs Vow to Launch Full Investigation to Find Out Who is Running Company They Are in Charge Of"…
priceless! RT @caroldecker: God will you all knob off! I do not look like RB!!!!! You mother fuckers!!!
wow just wow. "Apple vs. NASDAQ, Microsoft, and Google. From the day of Google’s IPO through today"… /cc @kevinthau
prototyping a new blog format. next up: inline media.…

Monday, July 18, 2011

July 18th

this web page is very pleased with itself for intercepting right-clicks:…
>boggle<. NotW phone hacking whistleblower found dead and "the death is currently being treated as unexplained"…
what a great idea! "Netflix for Baby Clothes" /cc @hmnoise @wendyverse
weirder and weirder. police examine bag with computer, papers and phone found in trashcan near Rebekah Brooks's home:…
wow. "i understand if u smoke weed, but no touching the children. ALL RACES WELCOME BESIDE ORIENTAL!"… (via @grauface)
shit's got serious. i'm about to install Eclipse, lord help me.
already frustrated beyond belief with Eclipse. that didn't take long.
this evening's view from the front deck @ Casa Nueva Crapworth