Every hour, 10x10 scans the RSS feeds of several leading international news sources, and performs an elaborate process of weighted linguistic analysis on the text contained in their top news stories. After this process, conclusions are automatically drawn about the hour's most important words. The top 100 words are chosen, along with 100 corresponding images, culled from the source news stories. At the end of each day, month, and year, 10x10 looks back through its archives to conclude the top 100 words for the given time period. In this way, a constantly evolving record of our world is formed, based on prominent world events, without any human input.


Currently, 10x10 gathers its data from the following news sources:


All photographs within 10x10 come from the aforementioned news sources, and full copyright ownership is maintained by those sources. 10x10 uses the images purely for artistic and educational purposes, and does not profit in any way from their use.

How to Use 10x10.

10x10 is designed to be simple and intuitive, so you should find it easy to use. When you open 10x10, you will see a grid of the top 100 world images that hour, ranked in order of importance, reading left to right, top to bottom. Along the right edge of the screen are listed the corresponding top 100 words, one for each image.

Move your mouse around the images and you'll see which words match which images. Move your mouse up and down the word list, and the corresponding images will light up. Click any word or image to zoom in and see the news headlines behind the word. Click the headline links to read the original news stories. Click the zoomed image a second time to see the image full screen.

To move through adjacent hours, use the "Next Hour" and "Previous Hour" buttons. You can also browse through past hours, days, months, and years. To do so, click the "History" button, and then select the year/month/day/hour you'd like to see. To view the top words for a single day, month, or year, select "Full Day", "Full Month", or "Full Year" from the date list.


10x10 is built using Perl, MySQL, PHP, and Macromedia Flash.


10x10 requires the Flash 6 plugin. If you don't have Flash 6 installed, click here to get it for free, from Macromedia.

Related Projects.

If you enjoyed 10x10, you might be interested in WordCount, an interactive presentation of the 88,000 most frequently used English words, arranged as one very long sentence.

  More of Jonathan Harris' work is at Number27.


You can contact Jonathan Harris by mailing: jjh "AT" number27 "DOT" org

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