Puppies…need I say more?

Ten years ago, Animal Planet began running Super Bowl counter programming called Puppy Bowl. A tradition was born. Discovery Communications is headquartered in Silver Spring, MD. We have a large building in the heart of Silver Spring and a few blocks away is our DCTC (Discovery Creative & Technology Center) building. As a Discovery employee (Animal Planet is one of our networks), I work in the DCTC building where Puppy Bowl was filmed for the first few years. It was always a glorious week in October where a plethora of puppies would invade our office and be shuttled in and out of our stage. Due to Puppy Bowl’s popularity, along with the likelihood of the high number of distracted staff, PB’s filming was moved offsite, then eventually to New York.

As the 10th Puppy Bowl approaches, I decided to create a dashboard of twitter data for tweets containing “Puppy Bowl” or #puppybowl. I utilized Andy Cotgreave’s  twitter template he posted on Tableau Public but gave it a few tweaks. For the data, again as shown by Andy, I used ScraperWiki to create a data set for my desired search terms. You can set it to track future tweets in order to keep tracking your results.

Deadspin’s tweet announcing this year’s ability to draft a fantasy puppy team has been the most popular so far. Let’s hope Yahoo Fantasy adds the Puppy Bowl to their platform!
I’ll periodically update the data until the actual event…or until the data limits are reached.
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