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Monday, May 31, 2010

Cosmic 140

A visualization of the 140 most important entities on Twitter. This reminds me of Stephen Few's recent document on the overuse of circular images for data visualization. What exactly is the circle meant to accurately and comparatively describe? Its a pretty image, but does not add much to the actual strength of the visualization of the data. Also, the notion of 'cosmic' is pretentious. Twitter is still a simplistic messaging system that makes it difficult to say exactly what you want. There are many people there now, which is why I use it, but that does not mean it is a stroke of genius.

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