Tweetopia is a 3D Twitter hashtag visualization. Tweets are rendered as speech bubbles above small characters living in an dynamically generated environment that changes colors based on a short day/night cycle. New tweets are continuously added to the scene as time passes.
Tweetopia is rendered using WebGL, which allows for hardware-accelerated 3D graphics directly within a web browser. It was created using various freely available frameworks including Three.js, Tween.js and jQuery.
All source code and assets for Tweetopia are available on GitHub.
To visualize a different hashtag, simply append it to the end of the URL:
Tweetopia premiered in Portland, Oregon at Webvisions on May 16-18, 2012. I also gave a short talk about its creation in the Punchy Ideas session on May 17th, 2012 at 3:30pm. Please visit the Webvisions homepage for more information on upcoming events.