Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Google Maps of the Week

TweetMap is a Google Map of a massive 95 million global tweets. Currently the map displays geo-tagged tweets from 10th December 2012 to 30th December 2012.

If mapping 95 million twitter messages wasn't impressive enough the map also allows you to query the tweets by time, location, and keyword. For example, the heat map above shows all tweets mentioning 'Christmas'.

TweetMap really is a great resource for exploring Twitter data. Hopefully in the future TweetMap will be able to add data from a wider date range. 

Thanks to Isuzu Trail View it is now possible to take a virtual Street View drive on some of South Africa's best off-road trails. Isuzu equipped a Isuzu KB with a 360 degree camera and captured custom Street View imagery of four off-road trails.

Users can select any of the four trails and view the 360 degree imagery just as they would with Google Maps Street View. Each trail includes a handy little feature that allows users to capture a picture of any particular beautiful view you find and then share the image via social media.

Climate Commons is a Google Maps based application for providing news and information on climate change in the USA.

Climate change stories are presented on the map by location. As you zoom in on a location on the map the sidebar automatically updates to display the stories immediately visible in the map view. Climate change data can also be viewed on the map by selecting the category tabs in the upper left-hand corner of the map. Users can explore the climate data by annual averages, monthly anomalies or extreme events.

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