There is a little thing on Twitter right now called Word Cloud Bot that will create a word cloud from your Twitter feed. Not the first one of these I have seen, and it likely won’t be the last. But this one is at least simple to use and you don’t have to authorize it to take over your feed.
Anyway, this is the cloud it generated for me.
I find the whole thing aesthetically pleasing to look at. The colors are soothing and I like the way smaller words are woven in. You really have to click on it and view it in full size to appreciate it.
Apparently the bigger the word, the more you use it. So “EVE,” “Draenor,” “Pokemon,” “WoW,” “Blizzard,” and what not… those all make sense.
But the biggest word in the whole thing is “post,” which I find odd because as far as I can tell, I rarely, to the point of almost never, use the word “post” on Twitter. And I would be surprised to find that I used the word “blog” that often. Maybe “play” or “year,” but the most likely words seemed to be much smaller. After all, a good portion of my feed is automatic tweets of post titles with a link, so the cloud ought to be heavily influenced by my titles here. “Quote” ought to be huge, given my run of “Quote of the Day” posts. I can see the influence of post titles, especially from my EVE Online Pictures site (Basilisk!), but those words are all pretty minor.
So I went poking around to see if there was a description somewhere about how this bot does its thing. And, sure enough, there was a bit right there in its feed.
I use the last 1200 tweets to build the word cloud. Common words are excluded. There are at most 180 words in a word cloud.
I reply to a request every ~30 seconds, I can’t go faster than that because otherwise Twitter will block me, so you may have to wait a bit.
That was interesting, but not exactly useful in answering my question, which still stands even if we limit the tweet corpus to 1,200. (That is less than a year of Twitter, and just under 20% of my 6,104 tweets up to this time.) My only guess is that when WordPress.com tweets about a new post for me, somehow the word “post” is embedded in there. And I suppose that even if the word is not literally in my Twitter feed, it is there metaphorically with each tweet that WordPress.com does, so the size of the word “post” probably represents the prevalence of blog post notifications in my feed.
My favorite word in the whole thing… and there are a number of good/amusing words scattered throughout in tiny print… is Juche. It is right there between the “L” an the “O” in “Blog,” below “soe” and “close.” And SOE being close to Juche is pretty funny as well.
Anyway, I like it. Tweet Cloud might be more accurate in representing the words I use.
The word “post” is still in there, though “time” outweighs it.
But the result is not nearly as interesting to stare at.
And for those who cannot get enough of the style of that first word cloud, I also have the cloud generated for my awful spam Twitter feed, which reflects what Rift and Raptr have tweeted for me in the past.
That feed has been quiet for a while, though I suspect it will liven up again with Blizzard giving us Twitter integration in the WoW 6.1 patch. You never have to see a bit of that from me so long as you do not follow my second feed.