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A compelling animated map visualization that focuses on revealing interesting data hidden in a social network information stream, here the travel information gathered from people's public Twitter streams by searching for the term 'Just landed in...'.

The idea is relatively simple: a Processing application finds those tweets that contain this particular phrase, parses out the mentioned location the people just landed in, along with the home location that has been listed on their Twitter profile. With this information, the individual travel itineraries are then mapped out as 3D curves placed on a flat world map.

Watch the video below, or read more relevant information at Jer Thorp's blog.


What strikes me most about this is how few non-USA initiated trips there are. Twitter, I suppose, is solely an American phenomenon. Or is that wrong?

Wed 13 May 2009 at 9:26 AM

Outside USA Twitter is not so popular; here in Italy for example all uses Facebook. But also consider that this project analized English text string and lot of users write on Twitter non-English sentences.

Wed 13 May 2009 at 7:22 PM

That's just mind bottling.

get lit,
Matt Swisher

Wed 13 May 2009 at 11:21 PM

As Paolo mentioned, only looking for "just landed" really limits the software to english speakers. Adding equivalent phrases for other large languages (Mandarin, Persian, German, French, etc) would probably greatly increase the amount of data available for analysis.

Sun 17 May 2009 at 1:41 PM
Martin Gerner

how does it know where the person came from. I understand "I just landed in New York" - and New York gets a hit... but how does it know where the slight path originated from?

Wed 20 May 2009 at 9:53 PM
tor hylen

maybe it's just that the phrase 'just landed in' is something only americans would use? ;-)
us brits would go for something much more ambiguous, vague and non-helpful for clever internet search bots! amazing visualisation though

Fri 29 May 2009 at 9:59 AM

@Tor: in the paragraph below the picture it states: "...along with the home location that has been listed on their Twitter profile." Start with home location and map to their "just landed" location. Pretty simple actually. Not totally accurate, but gets the point across.

Wed 25 Aug 2010 at 7:26 AM
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