An interactive visualization from Twitter shows how President Obama’s State of the Union address captivated social media. The visualization lets users see what topics Twitter users were tweeting about during each paragraph of the President’s speech, and how the conversation moved through policy areas such as energy, jobs, fairness, healthcare, and defense. The conversation, which peaked in volume right around the time the President made a “Mad Men” reference, varied state by state, and users can also see how engaged in the conversation each state was at a given moment.
State of the Union Tweets Visualized
Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.
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