Recently I attended dConstruct where I met Nick Morley, CTO of Madgex. As part of their ‘Ideas and Learning’ time the staff use 15% of their working time to play with code and come up with ideas. So their recent idea project was their dconstruct bubbler (Twitter/dContruct Network Visual Projection).
I found this fascinating for 2 reasons:
1. The collaborative use of many different social media platforms (including API’s) across: Twitter, dConstruct back network, Google Social Graph API and a Madgex mashup API.
2. I see a potential business opportunity here – with some creative thought I think their idea can be monetised in the industry I work in.
So, how does it work?
Registrants to the dConstruct conference register themselves on the dConstruct backnetwork where registrant provide their twitter usernames (not passwords) blog urls.
This blog URL is then pulled from the Backnetwork API by the bubbler and passed through the Google Social API to try and find the delegates Twitter account, if found any tweets are included in the Bubbler’s display.
Using the Google Social Graph and Twitter API’s, Madgex creates a mashup of data, which is then mashed and fed onto a 52″ screen as vector-based graphics.
Madgex has created an open source area found at lab.madgex.com