Microsoft’s Fuse Labs has released their collection of “Social Gadgets”, a few interactive widgets that analyze Twitter Streams. Above, see their “Tag Cloud” visualization of a search for “VizWorld”.
FUSE Labs’ SocialGadgets are a set of embeddable widgets that visualize Twitter real-time data. Each gadget focuses on a given keyword and displays its volume of usage over time. Mentioned entities such as people, locations, companies and noun phrases are identified and visually represented. The gadgets are interactive, letting users explore the relationships between topics publically shared on Twitter. By focusing on patterns and trends, the gadgets can extrapolate what people find important, and provide a succinct yet effective way to look at events as they are unfolding.
Now, I’ll cut them some slack because 1) it’s new, and 2) it’s still kinda beta.. But I easily see several issues:
My only guess is that they are unable to really keep up with all the data coming out of Twitter, so they must be missing large chunks. That or their algorithms are completely hosed.
Either way, go check out their gadgets and see what your results are, and share in the comments! Is “vizworld” an isolated case?
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