Twitter In A Venn Diagram

If you use twitter you will probably have found yourself wondering about your follower statistics. There are a variety of websites that aim to provide an insight into such matters and one such is followerwonk.

Followerwonk aims to persuade you to pay for an account and provides increasingly sophisticated tools if you do but for an ordinary user there is a wealth of information available about your own account. Time of Day

The site will show you statistics on either accounts you follow or those that follow you. It will show you the times of day you tweet most often and those your followers are active in a bar graph.
It will break down your followers by age of account, how recently they have tweeted and how influential they are. Helpful if you want to cull accounts which are no longer active.Activity

All of this is quite fun and useful too but the most fun part is that you can compare up to three users. Select their accounts and followerwonk will compare who they follow or their followers and draw you a beautifully proportional Venn diagram into the bargain.

If you like graphs, charts and statistics it’s a fun little site to have a play with. Be warned though, the site limits the size of the social graph it can report on (currently 850,000) so if you want to compare your followers with, say, Stephen Fry you’re out of luck.


Nursery Rhymes And Venn Diagrams

It started, as these things are wont to do, with a completely innocent conversation. It started with sonnets and somehow moved onto other poetry.
“All nursery rhymes are poems but not all poems are nursery rhymes” was the sentence that caught my attention as my imagination invariably started drawing a Venn diagram.  Next, my mind added “Sonnets” into the picture which left the obvious question. Was there anything in the intersection? Is NurseryRhymes \cap Sonnets = \emptyset ?

Poetry Venn Diagram

There are several ways to answer this question but my solution is to attempt to fill the intersection by writing the following:

Sonnet IV – Humpty’s Fall

When Humpty Dumpty seated was on high
Upon a wall of bricks so wide and tall,
So unexpected did things go awry
And Humpty thus did fall from off the wall.
Fair rapidly he tumbled to the ground
Impacting with a most almighty crash,
With tiny pieces scattered all around
The ground was littered when his shell did smash.
Now to his aid did men and horses run
Sent by the king to help this needy soul.
Alas, assistance could they give him none,
They couldst not succour him nor make him whole.
So endeth Humpty Dumpty’s tragic tale
Which have I here the honour to regale.


Possibly a little silly but it was fun to try and make it work. What do you think?