This project is focused on developing new means of visualizing and interacting with social data parsed from multiple social platforms (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.). Over the next six months I will focus on integrating many pre-existing technologies both hardware (computers, projectors, wireless headsets and controllers) and software (Max/MSP, Grasshopper 3D, vDome, Google Earth) to develop an interactive, immersive software platform that will provide users with new insights about the data on both local and global scales.
My three-month goal is to complete a software platform that can gather, parse, and store data from several social platforms. The six-month goal is to complete the interface so a user can engage with the social data in a meaningful way. This will include visualizing the data on a research dome and interacting with it using a gesture based control system.
In preparing for this project, my preliminary research has led me to some exciting finds. Phototrails is a cutting edge project along the same vein as my own. They are doing some pretty cool stuff with aggregates of photos from Instagram to visualize cultural patterns around the world. Here are some examples from their Instagram Cities page.