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Watch Twitter Grow: It Looks Kind of Like Asteroids

Twitter engineer Ben Sandofsky has created this captivating Code Swarm video representing the growth of Twitter from April 2006 to January 2010. Icons represent developers, and particles represent files committed or changed.

As Jason Kottke notes, the real data explosion comes towards the end, when more than twenty developers start blasting out waves of modifications with greater and greater speed.

Twitter Code Swarm from Ben Sandofsky on Vimeo.

(via Kottke)

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New, Geek Cameo-Packed “We Love xkcd” Video Will Make Your Heart Go Boom De Yada

Quick: what do Neil Gaiman, Wil Wheaton, Cory Doctorow, Lawrence Lessig, Bruce Schneier, Jason Kottke, Phil Plait, MC Frontalot, and many more have in common? Answer: they've all teamed up to make a new "We Love xkcd" video, where they sing their love of the Internet, cryptography, your sister, and more, in homage to the classic xkcd strip "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel." Video after the jump:

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