Top Ten Best Visualization Tools for Social Media, Blogosphere, Internet & News
8- New York Times' Visualization Lab
The New York Times features an actual "Visualization Lab" where you can create visual
representations of data and information using the "Many Eyes"
technology by IBM Research. Here is a Wordle of Obama's acceptance
speech at the Democratic National Convention. Note the larger words,
where greater weight is given to words that are repeated. Worldles also have their own Web site and one can generate "wordles" for any topic they choose. (note: The TOP TEN graphic for this blog was developed in Wordle).
The global debate mapping found at Debategraph
helps to define debates. Their goal is to make the best arguments on
all sides of any public debate. Every debate map is provisional and
open to iterative improvements by anyone who participates.This is
must-have for debate teams and even some one at the level of our
Secretary of State, Ms. Hillary Clinton. This particular map is working
with Christina Amanpour at CNN to follow her TV newscast and the
debates that surface weekly pertaining to the issues in these Middle
A short introduction to Debategraph.org; and how it helps groups explore, make sense of, and evaluate complex issues is shown in this video.
10- Twingly Screensaver
Twingly screensaver is visualizing the global blogosphere activity in real time. Similar to ZenNews (#1),
you can forget RSS readers. With Twingly screensaver you get a 24/7
stream of all (viewer discretion advised) blog activity, straight to
To use the screensaver you need a PC with Windows and a graphics card supporting OpenGL. If you enable Asian language support in Windows, you can expand your blog coverage to the Middle East. Without any marketing, Twingly.com currently serves 25M+ search results per month. Download instructions are found on this home page, complete with a YouTube instructional one-minute tutorial.
Hope you enjoyed this list. There are absolutely 100s of other visualization tools you can research online. This TOP TEN grouping are my favorites. Vote for your favorite in our Best Visualization Tool POLL, and also let us know if we omitted one of the visualization tools you use in our comment section below.
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