Thomas Fuchs
Hi, I'm Thomas Fuchs. I'm the author of Zepto.js, of script.aculo.us, and I'm a Ruby on Rails core alumnus. With Amy Hoy I'm building cheerful software, like Freckle Time Tracking and Every Time Zone and write books like Retinafy.me.
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Visualizing SXSW with script.aculo.us

March 14th, 2009

Amy and me (slash7) worked with PepsiCo to bring you a visualizer of all things going on at SXSW.

We’re using an army of twitter bots to pull in tweets from conference-goers with our very own super-sophisticated natural language processing tools (read: a couple of simple regexps), and present the data in various actually useful forms, including party watch, which tells you what parties are hot and if you’ve to expect to wait in line, a map view of where peeps are going for drinks, popular keywords, topics and trends and, just for fun, stuff that people overheard.

It’s built with all my favourite web development stuffs, which are Ruby on Rails (for the database handling), script.aculo.us 2 (for the effects) and Sprockets for fast, fast JavaScript delivery.

Partywatch is also available as a an iPhone web site—bookmark it for quick and easy access on the go!

Questions? Meet me at SXSW Interactive, I’m around the conference—follow me on twitter @madrobby.

If you like it, don’t forget to digg us!