I took this photo over I-70 from my hotel room in Salina, Kansas. Several days later, I was adding keywords and titles and couldn’t immediately remember whether it was a sunrise or a sunset. I had to open the thumbnail to see the full image and pause to remember which direction I was facing.
This is a sunrise.
Someone who was familiar with Salina would be able to pretty easily determine whether this was the beginning or end of the day — whether it was dusk or dawn.
At times in our life, it can be difficult to determine whether a given event, happening or series of encounters represents a sunrise or sunset — the beginning or end of something.
Significant events in our life tend to be both endings and beginnings.
Twitter was a powerful tool of engagement during General Conference 2012. I thought it would be fascinating to archive and analyze the updates tagged with #gc2012. On Tuesday morning, I set up an Archive of the #gc2012 hashtag through a HootSuite Pro account. Every day I downloaded the data from the previous day, corrected the date and time to be local for Tampa, removed extraneous data and put it in a spreadsheet. Then I used Wordle to create a word cloud with the text of all the updates for that day. After a few days, I began to edit out Twitter usernames and prominent hashtags to get a better view of the conversation. I hope that you enjoy the results!
Where can I find the data?
The raw data of Twitter updates tagged with #gc2012 are available in a spreadsheet at http://j.mp/Iad0fW. Use the tabs along the bottom of the page to navigate to each day of the conference. (Updated through May 3, 2012)
Where can I download full size images for the entire conference?
I created multiple word clouds for the entire conference in various color schemes and arrangements. You can find the links to these images below.