Twitter Sifter - a Tool for Unthrottled Twitter Search

I really like twitter, but I hate the way search throttles you. You have to keep pulling down, or click on the "40 new results" link to be spoonfed dribbles of tweets.

So, making use of the twitter streaming api, I have been playing with a personal tool to get around this, so that you can have a more uninterrupted view of the tweets that match your search terms.

This little project is currently called "Twitter Sifter".

It can be a lot of fun to use while watching sporting events, tv shows, or really any live event. For "breaking news", it can help you spot those first bursts of new information. All while avoiding continual clicking to get new information.

Beginning Experiments with Motion for Visualizing Emoji Use in Tweets

Beginning (and Messy!) Experiment
with Motion for Visually Digesting
Emoji Twitter Activity
Using Box2DWeb

Iteration 2: Using Emoji Categories
using categories from Cal Henderson's
js-emoji project

Previous "Spiral View" of Similar Activity

I have been playing with different ways to visualize emoji use in tweets, using emojitracker's streaming api (by Matthew Roth) to get the live counts for about 900 emoji.

The visualization is at It currently definitely requires a larger screen, and more cpu power than a mobile device is going to have.

EmojiViz - Experiments with Visualization of Real-time Emoji Twitter Trends

I am currently playing with visualizing tweet activity of emojis. The first steps involved hooking into Matthew Rothenberg's emojitracker streaming api, which itself is based on the twitter streaming api.

This first draft experimental viz (not yet tweaked for small screens) is available at

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