Twosaic (‘Twitter Mosaic’) is an interactive New (Social) Media Artwork by Rolf van Gelder
Twosaic is a live visual animation of what is going on in the world.
It uses a real-time Twitter API (‘twitter4J‘).
A random topic will be chosen from the top trending topics list.
It uses the trending topics from the following countries:
WORLD, US, NL, UK, DE, TR or RU
In the tweets of the chosen topic it tries to find a ‘base image’, a suitable image to use in the artwork.
If a base image has been found, user avatars of the most recent tweets for that topic will be fetched
Then it generates a mosaic by rendering the base image with the avatar thumbnails.
It’s fully real-time: every new tweet that comes in for the chosen topic, will immediately be included in the mosaic.
The text of the new incoming tweets will be shown in a scrolling ‘ticker’.