Visualizing the blogosphere (again)

If you’ve followed Twingly through the years, you might remember our Windows screensaver. Eight years ago we developed a visualization of the blogosphere, we could see blog activity in real time and get a sense for how the whole globe used blogs to communicate (video of the old screensaver).

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Unfortunately the screensaver didn’t age that well, it’s now grumpy and doesn’t want to play nice with modern operating systems. Also, who uses a screensaver nowadays? If you do, please consider putting your screen to sleep instead.

We thought it would be fun to see what we could implement using modern technologies. The result is a web based (using WebGL) globe that animates blog posts with coordinates in near real time.

Check out the Twingly Globe at world.twingly.com.

What do you think?

By Johan Eckerström

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