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I am testing a new app called "Twitter Infographic". I have found myself surfing around twitter and finding a number of related tags which I can then read (using the read link in the search popup). It actually does make it easier to see what is happening on Twitter, looking at common hash-tags for Google IO (#io2012, #android, #glass, …) it is amazing to watch and see the spikes that occur. The output can be shared using Andorid sharing.

Use case

The initial use case is for people who want to monitor the tweet volumes for their event – I have been at a few events lately where I have seen organisers trying to get attendees to tweet more, but not really knowing if people are actually doing it. This app can even be left on a TV or screen somewhere and people can see what is coming though and help contribute as well hopefully. Which may in itself help motivate people to spread the word…

#Barclays twitter infographic Twitter Infographic for #Nexus7 Twitter Infographic for #euro2012

Technical info

The app was built using the Vectoroid drawing view, which will make it easy to add editing functions later. There are some instructions on the app Product page. It uses a SVG template for the artwork with IDs set for the dynamic elements in the view. The library is also available for white labelling.

Where to now …

At the moment I am just testing the idea as an MVP (Minimum viable product), it not a finished & polished product. The app can make a lot of requests for twitter data if the tag you are looking at has a lot of tweets, so be careful of your battery for the moment (It’s not too heavy, but constant use for an hour or so will likely run it down).

So if you like the idea, then leave a comment here or on the product/app page – when I get feedback I with build it out into a proper app. This is an app stub, based on Vectoroid to test the idea of using it to generate infographics on all types of data. Because it uses vectoroid it is quite easy to add editing features so people can customise the layout which would be pretty cool. There is also an HTML solution in the works …

The idea for the next few weeks is to build out some of the myriad of ideas I have had for the vectoriod API. It’s getting to the fun stage now – so expect to see some quite diverse ideas. Next up is a presentations tool, and a collaborative drawing tool to fit with it. As well as more developments to the vectoroid mockup API – to help further test out the new MyPOD interface.

… and more infographics (Facebook and G+ seem to be the logical ones).

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