Laika is a data visualization showing geolocated activity on Twitter around the world. The first iteration of the project was done during hackweek. We had great feedback from our CEO and VP of design so per request the project turned into a live visual that is currently shown in the displays around the office.

The main view shows a globe view, with day and night textures, displaying geolocated Tweets and relevant Tweets around news (in the top part). Click play to watch the short video.

Within this globe view we can focus on a particular city and fetch a timeline of relevant Tweets happening there. Click below to watch the short transition.

Although people like the globe view, this view hides 50% of what’s happening in the world at each moment. We added an unfolding of the globe into a plane for this. Click play below to watch the short video.

Following the “Overview, zoom and filter” mantra you can focus in a city to get relevant Tweets of what’s happening there along with news of that city.

Touch displays

I extended this visualization recently to support touch displays. Some of the features added are dragging the globe, tapping on cities, pinching to zoom in/out, etc.

This was shown at CES 2014 as an official visualization for Twitter and will be used in other events like SXSW and more.