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Infographic of the Day: Twitter’s Explosive Growth, Behind the Scenes

A mesmerizing look at the programming that’s gone into creating Twitter.

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Setting up Twitter was just a matter of building the thing and then watching it explode, right? Not even close: To make sure the operation can handle an exponentially growing user base, the code has to constantly revised and improved.

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To illustrate that, Ben Sandofsky, an engineer at Twitter, ran the site’s code through Code Swarm, a data viz program that tracks programming changes (a little bit like tracking redline changes in a Word doc). The icons show the developers, and the swarming dots show the code their working on:


Wow.

[Via Kottke]

About the author

Cliff is director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.

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