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Twitflick: visualizing the rhythm and narrative of micro-blogging activity
Proceedings of Digital Arts and Culture (DAC) conference (2009)
  • Alberto Pepe, University of California - Los Angeles
  • Sasank Reddy, University of California - Los Angeles
  • Lilly Nguyen, University of California - Los Angeles
  • Mark Hansen, University of California - Los Angeles
Abstract
Micro-blogging is a form of online communication by which users broadcast brief text updates, or tweets. This article explores the temporal component of micro-blogging activity by emphasizing its narrative nature: an individual tweet is an expression of personal online presence at a given time, yet it necessarily embodies the context of a broader developing story. We present Twitflick, a digital media platform that blends a continuous stream of real-time text updates from Twitter with related user-uploaded images hosted on Flickr. Twitflick acts as a space in which distributed, temporally-authentic personal narratives, in the form of photographs and text, reinforce, extend, and even misrepresent each other. The visualizations provided by Twitflick capture the quotidian rhythms of online social exchange and draw attention to the poetic potential of web 2.0.
Disciplines
Publication Date
Winter December, 2009
Citation Information
Alberto Pepe, Sasank Reddy, Lilly Nguyen and Mark Hansen. "Twitflick: visualizing the rhythm and narrative of micro-blogging activity" Proceedings of Digital Arts and Culture (DAC) conference (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/albertopepe/16/