In an effort to learn a bit more about the Twitter API I decided to set myself a little weekend project to try and create something with the data available.
I’m used to working with PHP and found this pretty solid PHP library which gave me a good base with which to get started on. If you use another programming language, the Twitter developers site has a comprehensive list of other libraries available.
After hacking around for a while, I eventually decided to set a little task of aggregating tweets from individual accounts in my stream, that way I could the find out who was tweeting the most in my feed. Slightly random I know but it was more about experimenting with the data!
Here is the result: Find out who’s tweeting the most in your Twitter stream
This experiment is no longer active
The more tweets someone has, the larger their profile picture will be (there’s a maximum size set for the image to stop them from taking over the page).
It’s just a bit of fun really but it has been incredibly valuable as a learning experience, just like viewing tweets in my calendar I think it’s always useful to see data presented in a different manner every so often.