How do you find a good game for your iPhone? A familiar problem; how do we find the information we need out of all the irrelevant noise out there? There are over 100,000 apps available for the iPhone and there are ten-of-thousands of games amongst them. You can use the existing methods listed on the iPhone; the top sellers, the top rated etc. but these tend to pick and reinforce the same few names. What if you want a recommendation; a real opinion? We suggest Twitter.
However, if you put ‘iPhone’ into Twitter you are deluged with data. Far too much data to ever make sense of it. FluffyLogic has built ‘TopTweetGames’ to do just that – to deal with this data overload. Their system takes the raw Twitter feed, searches it for people tweeting about their favourite iPhone games and creates a chart based on the tweet buzz generated. The chart changes constantly, delivering the ongoing stream of live data in an easy to read, accessible and useful way.
FluffyLogic’s Ana Kronschnabl said, “This is an exciting bit of technology – the raw twitter feed is a bit like staring into the Matrix – it is an information overload! Yet, buried within that data are nuggets of useful information; opinions from gamers about the games they love and why. This system allows us to make sense of all of this information, to see the people and the buzz being generated.”
The system is based on FluffyLogic’s own TopTweets system – technology developed in-house to gather any form of data from Twitter. FluffyLogic’s Ana Kronschnabl said, “We are currently using the TopTweets system to gather data about games because we develop and love games, but we also have plans to use this technology to gather data on other topics. Twitter is a great way of listening in, it is like putting your ear to the door of the current zeit geist. A useful ability for anyone wanting to know what is being said and why.”
TopTweetGames is available as a free App download from the App Store.