On July 16, 2008 Twitter picked up Summize in an attempt to bring order to the Twitterverse. Their first mash-up has just been finished: StreamGraph, which visually maps the latest 200 tweets containing a given search word.
The default search word is ‘interesting’ but a new one can be typed into the text box at the top of the application. You can also enter a Twitter ID preceded by the ‘@’ symbol to see the latest tweets from that user. A parameter to the URL can be used to specify the initial search word. For example, use http://www.neoformix.com/Projects/TwitterStreamGraphs/view.php?q=coffee to see the latest tweets about coffee.
The StreamGraph shows the usage over time for the words most highly associated with the search word. One of these series together with a time period are in a selected state and coloured red. The tweets that contain this word in the given time period are shown below the graph. You can click on another word series or time period to see different matches. In the match list you click on any word to create a different graph with tweets containing that word. You can also click on the user or comment icons and any URL to see the appropriate content in another window. If you see a large spike in one time period that hides the detail in all the other periods it will be useful to click in the area to the left of the y-axis in order to change the vertical scale.