Visualizing the Twitter Universe


Nathan Yau, the guy over at Flowing Data (an amazing blog),  recently posted about a website called tweetolife that allowed you visualize tweets by either gender or by hours. So for instance a simple check on the word ‘shopping’ allows you to see what words were most associated with shopping on every tweet sectioned out by gender. For instance Men are more likely to tweet about shopping portals, or amazon or cash. While women are more likely to tweet about dresses or their parents (weird!). The data itself isn’t complete but it does let you kill about 10 minutes of your time trying to figure out the twitter universe. I had a fun time looking at the differences between men and women, confirming my suspicions and creating doubt in some others.


For instance I took a chance and searched for the following:

Speaks volumes of the gender difference. Men are more likely to tweet about places to shop, like a Shopping Portal (#1) or a Shopping Retailer (#2) or Amazon (#9). Women are more likely to tweet about the shopping experience itself like dress (#1), shopping with/for mom (#2) and therapy (#8)

A search for car yielded:

Suprisingly, mum/mom and dad appear on this list AGAIN!! What is it with women and their parents.

Finally a word that had dual meaning, in this case…coach:

Not suprisingly, men were tweeting about sports (all 10 entries), women on the hand had a mixture of fashion (a testament to the popularity of the coach brand) , sports and even vocals.

What else can you find on the twitter universe? [Courtesy of the wonderful people @ FlowingData]


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  • The new Zune browser is surprisingly good, but not as good as the iPod’s. It works well, but isn’t as fast as Safari, and has a clunkier interface. If you occasionally plan on using the web browser that’s not an issue, but if you’re planning to browse the web alot from your PMP then the iPod’s larger screen and better browser may be important.

  • This is getting a bit more subjective, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like ‘Mixview’ that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you’re listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of “neighbors” will come into view, allowing you to navigate around exploring by similar artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune “Social” is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist created based on an amalgamation of what all your friends are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy will be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your personal listening habits if you so choose.