There are no shortage of visualization tools to help you understand your tweet stream. I’d like to add another one: the paper trail.
For the past month I’ve been printing my tweets. It’s an experiment and an admittedly narcissistic pursuit.
Here’s what makes the magic happen; it’s an Adafruit Internet of Things Printer:
It’s a thermal printer that’s connected to the Net. It pings search.twitter.com and find every time I tweet.
After a month that’s a roll of paper that stretched twenty feet along my floor:
Another perspective comes from hanging it from the ceiling:
Here’s a close-up of a tweet:
This is stunningly banal stuff. Any individual tweet does not conjure up a heckuva lot of emotion (particularly the auto-tweeted ones). Yet, when you see twenty feet of them, there’s something interesting about it.