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coterie.jpga social visualisation of the conversational dynamics of an IRC channel. each person is represented by a distinctly-coloured animated oval showing short-term & long-term activity through bounciness, transparency & brightness. the visualisation allows users to see, for example, who is talking to whom or which conversations are lively or boring (providing a richer online social experience?)
see also people garden & chat history visualization. [mit.edu & mit.edu (pdf)]