Thursday, April 19, 2012

"Forest" on twitter, 50 miles around Campbell River

I like to see what the online conversation is about topics I'm working on. Lucky for me, the folks at have a very cool data visualization tool that helps me get a snapshot of this conversation, one that brings up what's both important and what's irrelevant very quickly. Here, for example, is a Sayzu "word cloud" from a Twitter search of mentions of the word "forest" in a 80km radius around one of BC's premier forest industry centres: Campbell River.

Click "play." Click on and/or hover over words. See what they tell you.

Most of what's said about "forest" in the Campbell River region - surprisingly - isn't about the forest industry or forest conservation. At least not on the day that I'm posting this. But things will change as the Sayzu cloud updates regularly.

As it's almost April 22 I will add that the Campbell River Museum photo exhibit of this project ends on that date. If you haven't seen it, take a look: 56 large photographs from the Working on the Woods Today book project, all about BC's coastal forest industry in the 21st century.

19 April 2012
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