Holy Twitter, Batman! It's Boris Groys!
So just who the hell is Boris Groys and why might any of us who Twitter care about him? Other than the fact that he might be a teacher of art history and philosophy in Germany, or a professor of Slavic studies in New York, what other purposes might Boris Groys serve us?
"Boris Groys is a philosopher, essayist, art critic, media theorist, and an internationally acclaimed expert on late-Soviet postmodern art and literature, as well as on the Russian avant-garde. Dr. Groys’s writing engages the wildly disparate traditions of French post structuralism and modern Russian philosophy."
For those of you who recall the movie, "A Beautiful Mind", you'll recall John Nash was a schizophrenic who was able to discern all kinds of complex patterns in what most people would perceive as garbled gibberish.
|Wait, that's not Nash.||That was Maximus!|
Enter Twitterverse... and Mr Nash is nowhere to be found.
Twitterverse is one of the many cool little play things that Twitterholics can find and play with at the Twitter Fan Wiki.
And that, ultimately, led me to Professor Groys...
(Do ya really need me to highlight it in yellow for ya? Didn't think so...)
So what's the big fuss about a bunch of words surrounding Boris Groys (except that one is a swear)?
Well, the cool thing about Twitterverse is that it allows you to see the words about which people are twittering AND to what degree. The larger words are words that are being mentioned more often. As I discovered though, a larger word doesn't necessarily mean a specific number of instances. As far as I can tell, the word sizes only represent how many times the words are said in relation to each other. So if all other words were mentioned once, a large word could be one that was mentioned, hypothetically, a mere 5 times. But there are ways to determine that a little better (see below).
And Twitterverse also allows you to take 1, 5 and 10 hour snapshots which was pretty cool because it got me wondering why Boris Groys was so popular in the last hour and not the last 5 hours. I'll show you why and how I found out.
TwitterSearch is another cool app found via the Twitter Fan Wiki page. It allows you to search all instances of a given keyword phrase on Twitter's Public Timeline. The public time line is where all unprotected twitting gets dumped in real time. So if you go to TwitterSearch and type in something like, oh say, BORISGROYS, you get something like this...
(there were about 10 more by the same guy over a 2hr period)
So our excitement dies down a bit because we see that it's one guy who is enamored of Boris Groys. In fact, after looking at all of his Twitters, they struck me as having been auto-submitted. Just like the following...
(there were a bunch more over a 6 hour period)
That came up during a "two-word" phrase search at Twitterverse resulting in this:
(you can see the same twitterer triggered the term "music feed", as well)
And it was probably done from a feed submission app, ALSO found on the Twitter Fans Wiki page, such as Rss2Twitter:
(I took the plunge and am auto-submitting my blog feed to Twitter now)
TwitterVision will then allow you to explore a little further to see if a specific term is location-popular. But wait! If you go directly to the homepage, you'll get the absolutely addictive world view showing from WHERE all the twitters from the public timeline are coming. That can be interesting; and will definitely lead to addiction, but we are looking at it for another reason.
When in TwitterSearch, having searched for the term "BorisGroys" and getting the results shown above, you can click on the picture of any/all twitters and it will show you where they live on the map. Here is one example:
(found by adding the Twitter username to the end of the domain:
http://twittervision.com/philosoful - looks like Brazil to me!)
Anyways, you see what this is getting at? If someone were to create a Twitter data mining application that could highlight patterns, siphon out the refuse and forecast trends, I think it could potentially be worth a lot of money. After all, what Twitter affords us is a HAIR-DOWN look into the minds of a great concentration of some very successful people...in about as close to "real time" as possible.
Sure we could throw some big bucks at people/companies who already do some very good research by other means but this is free, and it's right now. And I can think of a lot worse ways to be spending your time.... like TWITTERING!
Now get to work! ;-)
Make sure to read Part 2:
Further Exploitation via Data Mining on Twitter
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