revisit

A visual way to follow twitter conversations

revisit is a real–time visualization of twitter messages (tweets) around a specific topic. It was used to create twitter walls at conferences and ambient displays at companies. In contrast to other twitter stream tools, it provided a sense of the temporal dynamics in the twitter stream, and emphasizes the conversational threads established by retweets and @replies.

The tool is currently offline due to major changes in the Twitter API.

revisit aligns all twitter messages for your search terms along a timeline. Tweets that receive more attention – in form of retweets or @replies – go to the center of the stream and are displayed larger. The above image displays the visual summary of the see5 conference, where revisit was first presented publicly.

When new tweets arrive, they are brought to the front and highlighted. Otherwise, a random tweet is picked, with a preference on newer and more "important" tweets. The tweet's connections to others (via retweets or @replies) are indicated with colored connections. Related tweets are expanded, too, so you can read the text and follow the conversational context.