Map where tweets are coming from and you might get some context about those places or even those 140-character messages.
That’s the idea behind Twittervision, a new project inspired by the unWIREd unconference put on by the Greater Baltimore Technology Council in August. It’s a collection of files cataloging city residents’ geotagged Twitter messages from mobile devices with location awareness, and others have already used the files to better visualize the data.
Already Charm City Networks’ Chris Whong has taken Twittervision one step further. Using the tweets Troy compiled in JSON format, Whong mapped out 24 hours’ worth of Baltimore tweets sent on Aug. 27.
As Troy argues on the Baltimore Tech Facebook group, mapping these geocoded tweets can provide some context as to what “Baltimore’s low-income neighborhoods are thinking and feeling.”
“Everybody likes to talk about the digital divide, and assume that rich folks are the only ones on social media, etc.,” he writes. “Increasingly, that’s just not true. We’re just as segregated online as we are offline.”
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