Sociotope is an unconventional kind of information graphics as well as a tool for visualizing your online identity.
By connecting the application to your Facebook account, it will build a virus-like object whose behaviour, look and feel corresponds to the way you are behaving in the social network. You can add your friends as well and see the connections between you and them, depending on the posts on your walls. Filling Sociotope with your friends will create a complex, vivid visualization showing the interaction between you and your Facebook contacts, with each single object being its own information graphic sortable by time and space.
- The virus-like objects are built by the Sociotope Processing app after one has entered his Facebook user data. They show the sums of their corresponding user's actions within the Facebook network. Every tentacle relates to one post on the user's wall. The more reactions a post has got (comments, likes), the stronger the movement of its tentacle will be. The color of your tentacle object will correspond to the profile picture you have.For searching objects by content and exploring your self-build information graphic for trends, you can add magnet objects which can be filled with search terms and so "scan" the objects - posts which include the term will be attracted by the magnet.
- Each of the tentacles represents a post on the user's wall; it's content can be looked up. Depending on their relevance (more likes and comments), tentacles are moving more or less intense.
- At the bottom of the screen, you can find a timeline. Scroll it to see the user's evolution. Tentacles will appear or disappear in real-time depending on their respective post-times. Colors change due to the user's saved profile picture and their upload dates.
- Look up every part (content, comments, likes) of the created objects in examine mode.
- Create objects for your facebook friends.
- See connections between users depending on posts they wrote on one anothers wall.
- Add magnets to search objects. Tentacles containing the search term will be attracted.
- PRINTSFor exhibiting Sociotope, I produced three high-res posters presenting the visual style.
- Sociotope was developed by Stefan Wagner as a student project at FH Würzburg, Germany in the digital media class of Prof. Erich Schöls.
Made with Processing.
Libraries used: Toxiclibs, RestFB.
I'm sorry Sociotope is not available as a public app (yet). If you are curious to give Sociotope a try, please post your feedback on the facebook page.