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Through a recent post [twitter.com] on its company blog, Twitter has been showing off its 'big data' geekness through presenting a geographic visualization of all the relevant retweets and @replies that occurred in the 1 hour period just before and after the Japan earthquake.

Twitter discovered a 500 percent increase in Tweets from Japan as people tried to contact friends, family and loved ones after the earthquake. Visually, it seems information really flows and acts like water.

Watch the movies below, or see also World Cup Twitter Replay.



Amazing to see the tweets of this event. But the visualization seems a little strange. It makes the tweets travel airplanes traveling across the globe. And if the map was centered around the Pacific ocean rather than the Atlantic, then the epi-center would read clearer.

Fri 01 Jul 2011 at 2:01 AM
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