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A data journalist at Twitter

In 2013, as I was about to start at Twitter, Alex Howard wrote a piece pondering on just what a data journalist would do at a tech company. Now, as I’m about to begin a new adventure, I thought I should collect together a selection of the projects worked on with some amazing developers and others … Continue reading

Twitter Reverb: how we made a new #dataviz tool

Anybody who tells you that working with big data is straightforward is probably lying. Often, what you’re trying to do is to filter it down, make it simpler and easier to deal with. Twitter data is no exception—there are more than 500 million tweets sent every day and if you’re “non-eng” (not an engineer), that is … Continue reading

#SOTU2014: Visualizing the State of the Union

Just a quick post to highlight this interactive I got to work on with Nicolas Belmonte on the Twitter visual insights team. The idea is that you can use it to navigate around the speech and see the instant reaction on Twitter to each part of it — themed by geography and subject. Pro tip: When … Continue reading

Taking maps to the edge

We published an interactive map this week showing the world’s response to Typhoon Haiyan earlier this year. Click on a link and it shows combinations of the word “help” (in 22 languages) with terms around the disaster. The lines symbolically represent the flood of response going from each continent around the world to the Philippines. … Continue reading

Goodbye #NelsonMandela: visualising the response

One of the best things about being at Twitter is getting to work with designers like Miguel Rios. Miguel works with the great Visual Insights Team, which specialises in bringing the key data to life. This visualisation is something we created yesterday in the hours after Nelson Mandela’s death to show the outpouring of grief … Continue reading