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Visual Twitter

September 23, 2009

GoodMorning! Full Render #2 from blprnt on Vimeo.

Can you imagine if every twitter user would tweet the same word or phrase at the same time what it would look like around the world?  Well, Jed Thorp created a Twitter visualization tool of the globe to show 11,000 ‘good morning’ tweets in a 24 hour period.  According to, this application was built by gathering client running for 24 hours collecting 1,500 tweets at a time which display the tweets and their appropriate locations on the rotating globe.  The visualization is color coded and each color represents a location (follow below):

  • Green represents early tweets
  • Orange represents tweets around 9am
  • Red represents tweets are later in the morning
  • Black represents ‘out of time’ tweets at a strange time in the day

This is a great tool to see all the tweets and to see what areas are highly populated with Twitter users.  But when I look closer at the visualization I wonder if this could also measure the digital divide in the world?  This visualization was built with using Twitter4J and a home-brewed client for MetaCarta’s geoparsing APIs.

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