Cool Visualization of America Now and Here Twitter Presence

by Eric Melin on May 25, 2011

This weekend America Now and Here wraps up its three week-plus run in Kansas City and is soon off to Detroit.

The goal of this multimedia traveling art project is to open up a conversation about America and where we are as a country today through art. (I did my part, bringing a sort of guerrilla ‘art’ performance to ANHKC on opening night–ha!)

We’ve been monitoring mentions of America Now and Here while they’ve been in town to see if these conversations have left the confines of the art displays and immediate audiences and entered the online world. Tomorrow we’ll show you some of those conversations, but for now, let’s look at the ANHKC social media footprint.

The social media presence for ANHKC was huge. 85% of all web mentions for the show were from social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook, with the next closest site type being blogs at 6%.

In the interest of ANHKC creating its own art, below is a 3D visualization of the America Now and Here Twitter presence from April 1, 2011 to yesterday. Essentially, this is self-created art based around the unique Twitter mentions of the show. Each sphere represents a Twitter post and the lines are links between them. The spheres are color-coded for positive, negative, or neutral sentiment. (Click on the image for a larger version.)

The Twitter presence of America Now and Here in a 3D visualization shows that 6 users were driving most of the conversation.

The major hubs that you see with the majority of links going into them represent the following Twitter accounts:

@anhkc (middle) Inbound links: 686

Then Clockwise L to R:

@AmericaNowHere (top left) Inbound links: 162

@p0psmART (top middle) Inbound links: 40

@lauraspencer (middle right) Inbound links: 17

@vitranmusic (outside right) Inbound links: 38

@a35mmlife (bottom left) Inbound links: 66

Tomorrow I’ll have a post that uses the Spiral16 web monitoring platform to scour the blogosphere to find people who attended the exhibit and wrote about their experience, engaging with the ideas presented at the show.

In the meantime, enjoy this piece of ANHKC-created art!

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