Thursday, October 18, 2012

How to Make a Twitter Map

Tweet Map is a simple Google Map that constantly updates with the latest Twitter messages around a location. For example, I've been using the map to keep up-to-date with the latest tweets from today's Web Summit in Dublin.

To start reading tweets from a specific location users just need to enter a zip code (the map also works with UK postcodes). The map then centres on the zip code area and starts loading tweets. If you keep the map open then the tweets will keep coming.

Tweet Map isn't the prettiest or even the most effective Twitter map available but the source code and a handy tutorial is available for this app on the Ravenrend Blog. The map was built using the Google Maps API, jQuery, Underscore.js and Backbone.js.

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