The API-sucking apps for Twitter are seriously where the fun begins and ends with Twitter. The network is cool, the followers (though I hate that name) also cool. But the apps working the network is where the real innovation is happening. What has Twitter proper done lately in the way of innovation? Fail? And did I read recently that 90% of Twitter’s server load is due to API calls and not people on Twitter.com. So where will Twitter.com, or Biz and Co. at Twitter the company, add value? Cause if Twitter is just a network (and I’d argue that it is), it can/will be replicated and sucked down by Google or Microsoft or Oracle in a wingbeat. Pay attention.
xefer.com (charting the time of day and day of the week when you tweet)
tweetbeep (it’s like google alerts but for twitter)
tweetreach (how far do your tweets go?)
twist (see trends in Twitter)
backtweets (search links on twitter)
twittervenn (venn diagrams using twitter data)
I did some fun experiments with Twitter Venn when I discovered it in March, around the time of SXSW. I still think for trending, it may be my favorite tool to show brand reach and currency. So, do you suppose it’s just mac fanboys who are creating such a roar about Apple? Even with WIN7 the new iMac/Mac OS killer, Vista-redeemer, Apple is 5 times more likely to be discussed than HP or Dell. And more than twice as frequently as HP or Dell combined. That’s Reach and Power combined.
Go poke your head into the Apple Store and tell me what the heck are all those people doing in there? Seriously, the stores are packed!
I know I’m waiting to see what the next iPhone will be. [Hey isn’t Father’s day coming right up? Nice timing Apple!]
Did I miss one of your favorite visualization tools for Twitter? Drop me a line or a comment and I’ll add it to my list. THX
A few related visualization-rich posts:
- The Mall is Full, So What’s This About an Economic Depression? “Windows Optional!”
- Visualizing the Web – Webpages as Graphs
- Visualizing Twitter (Twitter Venn) Venn Diagrams from Twitter Data