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Feel The Kern With Typetweets

Typetweets show latest typography terms from Twitter

Even if you’re not on Twitter, you can benefit from its thousands of tweeters, or at least the few that care about typography. Typetweets scours Twitter for the latest mentions of font names, as well as words like “typography” and “serif.”

The site was created by user interface designer Kyle Meyer. It’s good for a quick look about what is being discussed by typophiles. Though, with the interest in this new site, expect it to be a little self-referencial right now. “Typetweets” is one of the terms it searches for.

If you’re using IE, it’s throwing errors for me. The site’s creator mentioned he didn’t even check IE and who can blame him. Typographers are surely running Safari on OS X, right?

I’d love to see more of these “interest dashboards” for other topics and I’m sure we will. Here are the steps to building one yourself:

  1. Grab the latest search feed from Twitter for each term
  2. Merge them with Yahoo! Pipes
  3. Output the result in JSON format

You can start by checking out Typetweet’s JavaScript and its JSON feed to get an idea how Kyle built his interest dashboard.

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