Turn Twitter Feeds Into an Animated Parade

Last Updated May 28, 2010 11:30 AM EDT

What does the "IS" in "IS Parade" stand for? My guess: "insanely silly." This Japan-based site turns any Twitter ID or keyword into an animated parade, complete with techno-Sousa-style marching band music.

Yeah, you really have to see it to understand what the hell I'm talking about. Here's a screencast from the folks at Digital Inspiration. (Note that their music differs quite a bit from what I'm hearing on the actual site.)

Interestingly, you can click on any "person" in the parade to zoom in on their tweet, then click Tweet to see their Twitter page or Parade for a new parade starring that user.

Like so much of what comes from Japan, IS Parade is weird but fun.

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