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visualizing real-time twitter data for the archers: audience reactions
Testing Project Leaf with The Archers tweetalong last night went well, though the volume of tweets was probably a tenth of what we expect on January 2nd. What we enjoyed most, however, were a few audience reactions, reproduced below. We liked how good fun the tweetalong was for everyone (with hilarious consequences at times), but more than that we appreciated people:
identifying issues—[tweets] come in so thick and fast—thus our solution to present handpicked tweets in the visualization rather than republish the whole Twitter stream,
and expressing desires—perhaps this BBC app could include a facility where you can see the tweets in “real” time, even if you listen later on podcast—as the brief and our thinking went, being able to archive the events and replay them is a big reason to build the visualization in the first place. In fact, as you’ll see below, both comments above came from @DavidfromBarnet—can (s)he read minds?
While the interface is mostly there for this development phase, this is not the final colour scheme that The Archers will employ. Of course, an obvious next step for Project Leaf would be to make colours as configurable as the playback speed (which currently ranges from 1 to 100x), but to begin with we’d like to see how it fares on January 2nd and 3rd.