I’ve just stumbled across a neat little web application which allows you to visually explore your Twitter network. It allows you to discover which people interact the most and what they’re talking about, as well as traverse the Twitter-verse and finds links to people you might otherwise not have found. Think “six degrees of separation” for your Twitter followers.
The visualization runs right in your browser and displays data from the Twitter API. According to the maker, Asterisq, it works like this:
Mentionmap loads each user’s Twitter status updates (tweets) and finds the people and hashtags they talked about the most. The data is displayed using Constellation Framework, a graph visualization library for Actionscript.
In this data visualization, mentions become connections and discussions between multiple users emerge as clusters.
Clicking a user will display their network of mentions as well as details from their profile. You can also search for friends by typing their Twitter user-names into the search box.
I think this visualization is really neat, and I’d really recommend you check it out and have a play. I found it very interesting to see the relationships between the people I primarily converse with on Twitter.