The Twitter firehose is an amazing way to stream Twitter data at real-time speed. What we can do with that data, well, that's entirely up to us.
In our previous Twitter firehose tutorial, we showed you how to analyze tweet streams for emotions, then analyze and visualize that data on a live updating, real-time map.
Why stop there? Onto the next tutorial!
In this tutorial, we took a Twitter stream that included a list of Spotify albums that are being listened to. To visualize this, we made an ambient background (much like the iTunes album artwork screensaver), where the latest album being listened to is collected and published:
Want to build it yourself? Head over to the Twitter Developer Blog, where we wrote a full tutorial on building a Spotify Twitter Stream Visualization. The tutorial includes an introduction to the Twitter Firehose API, a comprehensive code walkthrough and tutorial, and an Embedly tutorial as well.