I had to try it out for myself. This was the result:
I was a bit taken aback by the images of people I didn't know or recognize. I do appreciate the purple in the upper right, since it's my favorite color. I think the images are a pretty fair representation of my Twitter feed in the couple of days before I constructed it, but not a real representation of me.
The experience did make me wonder, though, what did other people's Twitter feeds look like? I tried out @StephenKing and got this result:
Appropriately creepy, I think.
A little brighter than I might have predicted.
And from my favorite cartoonist, Lynda BarryBarry (@nearsiteonkey):
I love the energy and color in her grid.
Once I played around with the site a bit, I started wondering, "What could I do with this in the classroom?" I can imagine asking students to use it for an author or public figure. Create the grid and then write (or speak) about how well the result represents the subject.
Today, I repeated the exercise using my own feed. Here are my two results, side by side (thanks, PicMonkey!):
What if a student used the site a few days apart for their own feed, made a collage, and then talked about the differences and similarities between the two images? Or maybe pick two entirely different public figures and compare/contrast the images resulting from their Twitter feed?
I don't think I'm interested in this just because it's quirky and interesting. I think that there is genuine scope for imagination here, a way in to practicing visual literacy. To wrap up, just for practice, look at this image from the @clmooc feed. How successful do you think it is in representing what you think the mooc is all about?