It’s one year since our last Web Trend Map. A lot has happened, but there are not enough changes in the landscape of domains in the last 12 months to create another domain-based Web Trend Map. The big changes happened one level higher, on the social layer, that is: On Twitter and Facebook.
Since Twitter is becoming an alternative web protocol that—together with Facebook—gets closer and closer to replacing the domain/search paradigm, we decided to make an info graphic that shows how, and through whom, Twitter developed into what it is now, close to its 4th birthday.
We call it Big Bang. It shows the explosive development of Twitter since the beginning from its center (birth) with two people, to its edges (today) with 75 million people. Well aware that a big paper thin disc is probably going to be a bitch to print and a big pain to put the wall—we are still going to try to print it circle round. Please don’t faint just yet. Here is the logic:
We made a choice of 140 tweeters. The main criterion to be featured among the 140 is whether you’re a “cosmic” tweeter or not. Cosmic Tweeters are:
Also note that you don’t need to like the people on the list—not everyone that matters is necessarily sympathetic to you. Some are just there because a cosmic number of idiots think that they must be followed.
You can help us by making sure that we don’t forget anyone. 140 twitterers is a pretty tight list. So if you suggest someone, make sure that you suggest someone else for deletion. (We have some general doubts if there should be any corporations on the list, your opinion on that matter—via Twitter—is very welcome). You can see the shortlist and help us by collaborating on our current spreadsheet on Google docs.
We are still working on the design. It’s not ready for daylight just yet. Here is just a conceptual wireframe for you to get an idea how it works:
Let me paint you a picture: it’s going to look like a late sixties/early seventies poster that your parents would have put on their wall, slightly influenced by some LSD flashbacks. OK, now you can faint!