Tiago Veloso is the founder of Visual Loop, a collaborative digital environment for everything related to information design and data visualization. He lives in Brazil, and you can connect with him online on Twitter and LinkedIn.
A new ways to express our feelings, our thoughts, our prayers, our frustrations, angers and joys. Much more than any other social network site, Twitter is the place where the digital frontiers between countries are more clearly redefined by the gatherings around a specific topic. Everyday, secular boundaries are annihilated in minutes by hastahgs that range from the most serious to the most foolish topics. And as they come, soon they disappear, without trace.
Looking at a map of a hashtag distribution can provide you some level of insight, if you’re involved with things like market research or social media monitoring. But that’s not what I want to talk about today.
Instead , I picked some of the ‘snapshots’ I started to collect in January, once in a while, from TrendsMap. I share them on a small blog, Hashtrash (also on Tumblr, of course, and you’re all invited to visit it), and It’s nothing too pretentious or technical, and definitively not something to take too seriously.
But for me, being from a time, as a kid, when you had to push your imagination really hard to conceive and understand how many people are in the world, and how diverse our cultures are, to see in almost real time so many people ‘talking’ about any specific subject still kind of blows my mind – fort the best and the worst.
And even with all the fakes accounts, bots and spammers on Twitter, these snapshots do feel sort of genuine to me. They feel Human. Frozen digital whispers of a non stop conversation that will go on for a long, long time.