July 14th, 2009
Portwiture: What does your Twitter stream look like?*
Usually when I ask “Can you see what I’m saying?” I’m just mangling the English language. But when it comes to Portwiture—a random Twitter and Flickr mashup from Portland-based designer Tyler Sticka—I’m being all too literal.
Why? Well, Portwiture helps you visualize your Twitter stream of pithy insights. But not in an old-boring-graph way. Instead, it does it by snagging photos from Flickr, the popular photo sharing site.
The results? A “serendipitous visual representation of your Twitter profile.” Just take a look at the visualization of the Silicon Florist tweet stream. (I even got a Meredith Farmer shot in there. w00t!)
So what’s the point? Well, it’s interesting for one thing. Like, it got me to thinking “Why in the heck do I have stormtroopers showing up in my tweet stream?” Or, as Tyler puts it:
It’s simply an experiment in mashing up social services. That isn’t to say there aren’t uses for it. Take inspiration from the results, and use your imagination!
And that’s not the only Twitter app Tyler has built. Interested in hearing more? Well, you can learn about it where I learned about it: by listening to the interviews with Tyler on Strange Love Live. Or to test drive it for yourself, just head on over to Portwiture.
* This headline works best if you say it in an angry Samuel L. Jackson voice. Just saying.