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Following trends has always been a persuasive topic in past data visualization, ranging from the famous Google Trends, Text Trends, Baby Name Trends or Web Trends.

Trendsmap [trendsmap.com] is yet another trend visualization project, with an (almost) real-time mapping of Twitter trends across the world. The interface is very minimal and easy to use: one can either follow a geographical region and explore the rising trends in that location, or one can follow a trending topic and observe the literally moving impact of the trend on the globe. Even though that it does not really show any content in my city (Linz) at the moment, it is a promising idea for the future. Thanks to the project for rising up the discussion about the benefits and problems of seeing the trends in my particular region.

Next to Trendsmap, there are several other Twitter trends data visualizations around. Most probably one of the best one is Twitscoop Tag Cloud. One can also check out the post about TwitterVision and TwittEarth, which also map Twitter messages on a 3D world globe.

This guest blog post was written by Mahir M. Yavuz. Mahir is an instructor at Interface Cultures in Kunstuniversität Linz and researcher at Ars Electronica Futurelab.

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2 COMMENTS

New to this website but loving it. A related and interesting application at enterprise level is "IBM Rocks," a map showing music listening habits of IBM employees across globe. You can find a link here: http://ibmrocks.mytoycode.com/index.php. I am currently seeking out ways in which companies are mapping information like this for either employees' benefit (as in IBM's case) or for branding initiatives. Would love to hear any comments.
Thanks!

Sat 10 Oct 2009 at 7:40 AM

BTW... what's up with the high incidence of tweets containing, "breast," in upper great lakes??

Sat 10 Oct 2009 at 7:42 AM
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