Meantime is a real-time clock for the web.
Our daily use of the web consists of a call / response model that makes the web seem relatively stable and even a bit static. However, new content is dumped on at such a remarkable rate that it might be more useful to think of the web as a real-time stream.
To put this into context: 100 years of video was uploaded to YouTube today. 7309 edits were made to Wikipedia in the last hour. 4,459 photos were uploaded to Flickr in the last minute. Around 600 tweets were posted in the last second. For every second that passes on the clock, 4.5 hours are spent on Facebook.
Meantime takes portions of two popular, high-volume, user-generated content streams — Twitter and Flickr — and places them in time on a video wall. Content accumulates for the piece's duration (three minutes) in front of a rapidly ticking clock. The clock shows the current time as milliseconds elapsed since midnight January 1, 1970 — the format of the universal time stamp of the web.
Meantime was presented on December 3, 2010, on the IAC building's first-floor video wall as a final project for Dan Shiffman's Big Screens class at NYU's ITP.
Thank you to Dan Shiffman and my classmates.
Thanks also to videographers Todd Sheridan, Luis Violante, Gabriela Gutiérrez, Geetha Pedapati, Antonius Wiriadjaja, Katherine Keane, and Spike McCue.