Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Part 5: Who’s Talking About The Future Of Newspapers?


Continued on from Part 4, exploring what they are saying using Word Trees on Many Eyes. Each image is a link to the applet where you can explore the text and interact with it. Change the word in the top left corner to change the root of the tree. Alex Howard Alfred Hermida Andrew Keen ...

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Part 4: Who’s Talking About The Future Of Newspapers?

Dave Winer all Tweets

In which we answer the question - what are they saying? I've split the tweets up into two types - at replies, and not at replies, and a third which contains all tweets. I've created wordles of each one, for each of the 20 people we were following. If you haven't - check out It's awesome. There's ...

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Part 3: Who’s Talking About The Future Of Newspapers?

Continued on from Part 2, I'm representing similar data in a different (less exciting) way. Before, we looked at how the activity on the twitter streams was spread out over the day and by different types of interaction. Here, I'm using charts to show the breakdown for the day, by user. I've also created charts for ...

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Part 2: Who’s Talking About the Future of Newspapers?

After breaking down the overall types of tweets from people, next step was to create scatter plots of their activity. Unfortunately, Excel will only plot 250 data points - how unreasonable! Luckily I love breaking Excel and coding something that will do what I want it to do and look prettier, so voila. Color scheme: Is directed at ...

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Who’s Talking About the Future of Newspapers?

User Stats

My friend Caitlin is using Twitter to investigate the discourse around the future of newspapers. She has collected a bunch of data in a spreadsheet, and I get to visualize it - yay! First up, extracting some general stats. I used the Apache POI to get the enormous speadsheet into Java (normally I would use Python ...

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

#GGDOttawa: Art, Life and Programming


When I was doing my undergrad in Edinburgh, in around my second year, I was at a ceilidh, and a guy asked me out on a date. And I said, "sure". Then, he asked my roommate if I was single, which was a little bizarre. And finally, he tried to "get to know me". We ...

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Math Error vs Code Error

Initial Fractal

There's a fractal I've been wanting to make for a while. And the other week I woke up with a flash of insight and coded it, and it looked like this: And I was really happy, until I realized it wasn't the fractal that I'd meant to make. Oops. So I revisited it and remembered some ...

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Twitter: Influence and Engagement

Introduce myself: my name is Cate and I'm a second year Masters student in Computer Science. There's all these different parts of Computer Science, but how I like to describe myself is that I try to create things that answer the questions that people haven't thought to ask. What does that mean? Well, you could ...

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Visualizing Engagement on Twitter

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Next Thursday, I'm giving a talk on my research to people from the communications department. Outline below. When we talk about how we quantify success in social media (and Twitter), we need to consider how we're defining engagement. Does someone following us mean that they are engaged with our content? Maybe - but maybe not. We ...

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