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A response to ‘Mapping a day in the life of twitter…’

16 Mar

by Georgina Leggate @GeorginaLeggate

Twitter Mapping

Please click on the above before you read my blog!

Isn’t that amazing? McDowall’s map is taking data journalism to the next level, and I for one am fascinated by it. On his science blog, he has documented the process of how, using data streaming, he was able to track tweets from all over the world. Four moths ago he hooked a computer up to the Twitter data streaming API and, over the course of a day and a bit, recorded every tweet that had geographic co-ordinates. He worte a python script to parse the 2GB of JSON files and used Matplotlib with the Basemap extension to animate 25 hours of data on a world map.

The resulting animation, plots almost  530,000 tweets-and remember these are just tweets with geo-coordinates enabled. What I personally  found so interesting when I looked at this map was the sheer amount of tweets in the UK and the United States, but let’s face it, this was pretty predictable considering how the majority of us Westerners operate nowadays. (Our daily use of handheld, mobile technology combined with our ever increasing variety of apps, downloads and need for tweets, makes the West a very technologically active place to live). It has just become routine for us to check our facebook pages and refresh our twitter feeds.

I was however shocked to see how many recorded tweets there was in Indonesia. A huge amount really… if you still have the map up on your screen, turn your attention to Indonesia. See how Jakarta glows as brightly as New York and San Francisco! BUT despite the obvious popularity of social networks, I couldn’t help but be shocked at how few ‘white dots’ appeared in Russia?! Or Canada?! How do these communities interact with one another. It baffles me. Note the black spots. With the exception of a few cities, such as Lagos and Johannesburg, Africa remains the Dark Continent.

With Twitter growing so fast internationally it is quite astonishing to think that the world of social media will have to expand even more, if it is to reach the heights of it’s fellow social networks such as Facebook. The last recorded figures showed that there are 500 million Facebook users worldwide. Twitter has over 150 million users, tweeting roughly 65 million times a day!

We are already seeing many journalists benefit from the vast coverage of stories they gain access to through using social networks, in particular Twitter. I for one would always turn to Twitter rather than TV to update myself on the news, entertainment and my friends comings, goings, but more often opinions! Over the past five weeks, social networks have demonstarted just how vital a role they play in the delivery of information right from the source itself (we have all seen the mobile phone footage, tweets and facebook statuses giving us the latest on the current crisis in Japan, New Zealand). So will the open exchange of information have a positive global impact for everyone? Or will social networks remain confined to their borders. I hope we’ll see another map like this, in 2015 with bigger, better coverage!


London Social Media Week

9 Feb

Ian Kearney


It’s Social Media Week (SMW) this week and nine cities across four continents are hosting a range of events letting the world know that social media is big, bold and here to stay.

The aim?

To bring “hundreds of thousands of people together every year through learning experiences that aim to advance our understanding of social media’s role in society”.

Social Media Week

It started in New York City in 2009, with over 2,500 people attending 40 events and thousands more participating online.

In 2010, the event went global. SMW expanded from one to six cities, returning to the Big Apple and touching down in London, Berlin, San Francisco, Toronto and São Paulo.

These transcontinental conventions attracted more than 7,500 attendees across 200 events and such was the success that in September 2010, they made the conference biannual, adding to the list; Los Angeles, Milan, Bogotá, Mexico City, and Buenos Aires.

This week conferences are being hosted in London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, São Paolo, Paris, Rome and Hong Kong.

Looking at the lineup for this week’s conferences in London I was a little surprised that from what I could see there was only two events directly linking social media and journalism. This was a stark contrast to the 40 events on the topic that are taking place during this week’s SMW New York.

If New York is the epicenter of SMW are journalism and social media more interlinked and are we, in London, merely playing catch up?

I tweeted Social Media week London to if we could find out why social media and journalism weren’t hot topics in London.



So there you have it, Social Media Week London want to know if we want to run an event for them next year somewhere in the area of social media and journalism. A great honour indeed.

So if we were to host an event what would you, our loyal followers, like to see us cover?

All suggestions are welcome.

Dell’s Stephen Jio on Social Media and Citizen Journalism

19 Nov


Dell's Stephen Jio talks social media at City University's Dell event

By Ian Kearney

Dell’s social media guru Stephen Jio was at City University today giving a talk entitled; Making a name in the social media world.

Despite the fact that Mr Jio made some very interesting points on utilising social media for business’s, the lecture was largely attended by journalism students and it wasn’t long before Mr Jio’s talk moved into the realm of social media and citizen journalism. A video of which can be watched below.

Outside of citizen journalism, Jio also noted the, social media years are like dog years.” Stressing that because everything in the world of social media happens so fast, news becomes old news very fast.

Dell has amassed around 3.5 million followers on its various Twitter accounts ranking it in the top 5 worldwide for Twitter following. When asked by Me and Social Media if Dell employed a specific strategy to build up such an enormous community, Jio insisted that the growth of the Dell online community was in fact organic and perhaps helped by some of their viral campaigns on youtube.

“Its all about putting out something that people want to hear. If you put it out there people will want to follow you.”

Watch a quick clip of what Mr Jio had to say on social media.