Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Google Maps of the Week

Twitter has used CartoDB to create a cool heatmap that shows every geotagged tweet that mentioned 'Wimbledon' during the two weeks of the tournament. The Wimbledon Heatmap uses Google Maps and, unlike many other Twitter heatmaps, actually allows you to read the tweets themselves (it even includes tweeted photographs).

If you are interested in the data behind the map, Twitter has also published an interesting blog post looking at which countries tweeted the most messages about Wimbledon and even explores which players tweeted the most during the tournament (Andy Murray wins again).

Google has released a new interactive site that allows you to experience the Tour de France using Google Maps and Street View.

Your Tour allows you to switch between a map of the current stage route and an interactive Street View tour of the route. The Street View option requires you to scroll down on the page to progress through the stage. The effort is worth it though as you get your own first person view of the stage route as you furiously scroll.

Each of the stages is locked until the actual date that the stage is scheduled to be raced. Today you get the chance to view the route from Givors to Mont Ventoux. 

PeakAnalytics has created a map looking at the number of times the top 20 burger chains are mentioned in Twitter in over 1,000 cities. It is not the most beautiful looking map but it did generate a lot of interest this week.

The Burger Joints Google Map shows the most tweeted burger chain in towns across the United States. The logo of the most popular chain in each town is used for the marker (resulting in the cluttered look of the map). The map therefore provides a quick guide to the most tweeted about burger chains across the USA.

You can use the search box or pan and zoom the map to find which was the most popular burger chain in your town. You can also individually select the different burger chains from the map sidebar to find out where in the US each chain is most popular.

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