What is TAGSExplorer?
What is displayed:
- A node for each Twitterer who used the #studentexp hashtag and is stored in the spreadsheet archive.
- Solid lines between nodes are conversations eg @ernestopriego tweeted “@easegill I agree completely. Learning how to use social media tools is part of digital literacy and fluency; part of education. #studentexp” creating a connection between @ernestopriego and @easegill.
- Dotted lines are not direct replies but mentions eg @theREALwikiman tweeted “If you’re an academic librarian it might be worth following @GdnHigherEd‘s #studentexp tag right now, if you have time. Interesting stuff.” For performance by default these are turned off but enabled by following the instructions below.
- Node text size based on he number of @replies and @mentions
How to make your own?
- If you haven’t already you need to capture some tweets into a TAGS spreadsheet
- When you have some data from the spreadsheet File > Publish to the web …
- On the TAGS Readme/Settings sheet there is a direct link to the TAGSExplorer view.
- Head over to TAGSExplorer and enter you spreadsheet key (or just paste the entire spreadsheet url HT to Tony Hirst for this code)
- Click ‘get sheet names’ and select the sheet of the data you want to use (if you are doing a continuous collection the default is archive)
- Click ‘go’
- If you want to share with others, click the ‘link for this’ at the top right which gives you a permanent url – the permanent link also hides the spreadsheet selection interface. By default mention lines are off but can be enabled by adding &mentions=true to the link (see example above)
If you don’t have your own data yet here’s some examples from data I’ve already collected: