2011 MTV #VMA Twitter Tracker

For this year’s Video Music Awards, MTV looked again at the San Francisco based design studio Stamen to help them visualize what’s happening on Twitter during this major entertainment event. With their experience from recent works for MTV, Stamen extended the VMA Twitter Tracker by three new views on the data: Buzz, Paparazzi and Hot Seat.

Buzz displays the overall and most recent ranking of the stars based on their mentions on Twitter. Portraits of the artists are shown in a Sierpinski-esque layout accompanied by a numeric ranking on the right side of the screen.

Paparazzi is a collection of user submitted photos ranked and scaled based on their retweets.

Hot Seat shows Tweets by artists inside the building based on their location in the audience.

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