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I’d like to introduce an interesting side project that’s been keeping me busy for a couple of months. It uses the Twitter Streaming API to see which dance music artists are popular right now and at any given time since tracking began – a couple of weeks ago. The site also enables drilling down to see which content caused spikes in popularity.
Update: This project is currently offline but will be resurfacing in the future.
The tracker currently handles about 120,000 (re)tweets a day. While I expect to see this figure increase during festivals, and other live events, experiments with higher volume Twitter users has demonstrated support for rates in excess of five million per day.
I’m currently working on a photography website project. Something I wanted to explore was how much data it is possible to extract from a simple set of photos, with the potential to later use this data for various visualizations.
Dribble — a website for designers to post views of their latest works — displays a colour palette of the most common colours for each image. These images can then be used as a tag for users to browse images by color.
This seems like a very useful piece of data to maintain for images and it’s possible with RMagick.