Monday, June 28, 2010

Twitter Topography Maps

New City Landscape Maps

For a few months the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London has been harvesting geospatial data from Twitter. One result of collecting this data are these gorgeous visualisations of New York, London, Munich and Paris.

The visualisations reimagine the contours of the cities based on the density of people Tweeting at different locations. Mountains represent active locations and valleys represent areas where Tweeting isn't so popular.

Areas of the city have been renamed to reflect their Twitter activity. So Times Square becomes Times Square Peak and Picadilly Square becomes Picadilly Rock. Thanks to CASA's image cutter software you can use the Google Maps interface to explore these new city landscapes in beautiful close-up.

Hat-Tip: Street View Funny

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