Some people might not call this art, instead it is what we information designers have been doing all along. From Wikipedia:
Information design began as a subset of, or synonym for, graphic design and is often taught as part of graphic design courses. One of the first uses of the term was by the London graphic design consultancy Pentagram, who used the term in the 1970s to mean their graphic design, as distinct from product or other kinds of design. Since then, the term has come to be used specifically for graphic design for displaying information effectively, rather than just attractively or for artistic expression.
But I like this Flash project anyway, because it shows a creative use of Twitter. If one defines creativity as a graph with the uber-creative project as being the one with no practical use and the less creative project as being very practical — uhh, usable — then this one would fall on the side of practical — even usable for marketing purposes.
Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada. A former geneticist, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science and art. Recently, his work has been featured by The New York Times, The Guardian, BusinessWeek and the CBC.