A little while back I wrote about Last.fm and referred to the charts that it generates as “fantasy football for audiophiles”.
Last.fm tracks my iTunes music listening habits and creates charts from them. For many people, this would not be enough personal value to make it worthwhile. But for me, it totally is. I love this. I eagerly await my charts every week. It’s like fantasy football for audiophiles.
When I make the fantasy football comparison, what I’m really saying is these stats are very important to you, and you watch them update like a hawk. Yet, nobody but you likely cares about them at all.
So, that’s the personal value I get out of Last.fm. I love listening to music, but I’m also a stats junkie—particularly baseball (if I do occasionally watch a football game I get completely frustrated if I ask someone what the record is for longest field goal and nobody can tell me). So, I get an additional kick when I see artists overtaking others on my charts.
Well, I came across another site that gave me this type of personal value. I adore Twitter. I use it all the time. But there is very little front end for looking at what you’ve tweeted in the past. Heck, you can’t even search your past tweets. I recently came across a site called Tweeterboard that starts to tap into some of this.
One of the first things that caught my eye about Tweeterboard is that it was developed by Gene Smith, who I saw at Webvisions (the event that completely shifted my career track). Next, what excited me about Tweeterboard may not have even been what is there, but what could be there.
Here’s what’s there:
Tweeterboard crawls Twitter, collecting data along the way. It uses an algorithm to rank the top Tweeters by reputation points. I have to say, this isn’t the part that I’m all excited about, so I haven’t really looked into how the rankings work.
These are the folks who I specifically talk to on Twitter. If you’re not sure what @username is, you probably either quit reading this already (or you should check this out if I still have you).
So, apparently I write a lot of messages to @hmason, which is funny since she’s a new Twitter buddy. I’m guessing not all tweets have been crawled yet. I could have sworn I’ve tweeted @jharr more than that in a night. In fact, as I read this it looks like his page has not been crawled yet.
Again, looks like a very incomplete list so far and checks of a few friends’ pages show they have not been crawled yet. But these are folks that tweet @adarowski.
Nothing says geek fantasy sport more than “box score”. This tab, of course, tallies the tweets to and from a pair of users.
And here’s where they really got me. Any time you post a link to Twitter, Tweeterboard extracts it and adds it to an RSS feed. It’s like del.icio.us for your links you felt compelled to immediately share with the world. I think I’m going to go ahead and subscribe to a bunch of these feeds since the links people share via Twitter are probably far more relevant than those they would save to another site. Why? Well, to me del.icio.us is basically “mobile favorites”. I use it for reference. Twitter I use if I want other people to look at it.
Some things I’d like to see.
- On those Gives/Gets Love tabs, I’d like to see a link on each line that brings you to a page that shows all tweets back and forth between those users using @username.
- I’d love to be able to search my old tweets. Perhaps Tweeterboard could provide that since they are crawling them all anyway.
- How about recommended users? Say many of your friends are following a particular person that you aren’t. I wanna know, dammit!
- Hashtags aggregator? Chris Messina has been adding hashtags to some tweets. Some have made fun of him. But this could be a great application for using them.
- I’ve always wanted to see a cool visualization of my tweets over time. If this was available for each user, that’d be great.
I’m sure I could think of more, but those are my first impressions. Very fun app.