Midterm Idea: Twitter Plays Unity

Recently I used the Twitter streaming API for the first time. I was really impressed watching the flood of live data come in and I’ve been thinking of different applications for it. I also recently learned to hook up Socket.io to Unity. So I’m thinking of having Twitter play a game or create something in Unity.

I haven’t yet decided what the Twitter cause and Unity effect will be. Some ideas that I have are:

  • Have US presidential candidates from all parties run a race in Unity. Streams of their mentions on Twitter would move them forward.
  • Use streams of presidential candidates mentions to build something—ie a map of the US—together.
  • Use terms on Twitter to draw something beautiful in Unity. ie. Use mentions of ISIL, Syria, Refugees to draw a particle system.