Top Ten Best Visualization Tools for Social Media, Blogosphere, Internet & News

4- Fidg't

Fidg't is a desktop application that allows you to view your social networks tagging habits. You can check out what kind of music your network is into, or what kind of photos they are sharing. Their 'Visualizer' tool shows how your network compares to a random sampling of the networks of other Fidg't users, letting you see how your network stacks up to others? To use Fidg't, you interface with the Visualizer through Flickr and LastFM tags, using any tag to create what they call a "Magnet." Once a Tag Magnet is created, members of the network will gravitate towards it if they have photos or music with that same Tag.

5- Digg's Visualization has some very unique web-based visualization tools that basically take all of the incoming Diggs entering the social bookmarking site and slices and dices those submissions in various ways.

Digg's BigSpy positions stories at the top of the screen AS they are dugg. Consequently a popular story with the most Diggs will be seen at the top of the page, until newer and more popular stories take their place.

Digg's Stack shows diggs in real-time, with diggs falling from the top of the screen. As stories get more Diggs, they appear in brighter colors.

Digg's Swarm shows the stories surrounded by circles. With more popular entries, Diggers will swarm around stories allowing them to grow larger and appear brighter.

Digg's Pics is one of the latest tools that tracks the activity of images on the site with a slider mechanism that slides images into view from the left to the right.

Digg's Arc displays stories, topics and containers wrapped around a sphere, whereby the more Diggs, the greater the size of the arc.

6- Twitter's Visualization

When you find the Twitterstream getting a little boring at times, consider some of the clever APIs that have been developed to entertain us by giving us a fun-way visual view of Twitterville.

Twittearth is is a 3D model of tweets from around the globe. It pulls in tweets and visualizes them in relationship to Earth, even taking into account  the parts of the world that are experiencing daylight and nightfall. You can also follow Twittearth on Twitter (@twittearth)

Twittervision is another geographic visualization of tweets coming in from all four points of the globe.  It features both 2D and 3D visualization and integrates with Facebook. Users can publish their specific locations and statuses using this API.

Twitter Stream Graphs tracks keywords and what is trending literally in the Twitterstream. Instead of loading bar charts or line items, it uses streams to display words and tags and can visualize the top keywords of any individual tweeter. Jeff Clark who developed this tool has also developed Twitter Spectrum and TwitArcs.

This GoodMorning video is an overview of a Twitter visualization tool that shows about 11,000 "good morning" tweets from around the globe over a 24 hour period, between August 20th and 21st.

7- Facebook's Visualization

Visual representation of the Facebook network offer limitless possibilities. Some of these visualization come with tools allowing you to create some pretty nifty Facebook visualizations of your own.

Facebook Friend Wheel is an API that displays a radial graph of your friends on Facebook. This application is also available to graph your Twitter followers. Here is a display of my Facebook Friend Wheel

TouchGraph Facebook Browser is a Java based application that lets you see the connections between your Facebook friends, their photos and their locations. Interactive tags and friend’s names in the photos are clickable where you can click on a friend’s name to see them in another photograph. Here's a snapshot of my friends on Facebook

Ron Callari's Touchgraph Facebook BrowserRon Callari's Touchgraph Facebook Browser

Nov 2, 2009
by Anonymous


Thanks for this - very useful! In reference to the heatmaps section, i have just found a new tool that also offers real time videos of browsers sessions on your website. check out

Nov 7, 2009
by Ron Callari

Facebook & Twitter

Since social networks are all about being social, the visualizations on Twitter and Facebook are  a unique opportunity to acknowledge your friends and followers to show your appreciation of them for being part and parcel of your social networks. It's also a means to communicate to others just how active you are in the social media space.  Numbers are one thing, but what is it that we say about "one picture being worth a thousand words."

Ron Callari is a freelance journalist and editorial cartoonist. His slighlty off-center published work includes trends, social media, politics, travel, humor and political articles.

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