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Map your PLN


OK, so you’ve been following the Twitter advice and have worked hard on developing your PLN.  You may have a hundred, a thousand, a few thousand more or less followers.  Where are they all coming from?  Wouldn’t it be nice to know?

Now you can.  In fact, you can display them nicely on your computer screen using Tweepsmap.  Hit the website and decide if you’re going to map and tweet about it or look down to the smaller print and just map yourself.  I decided to give it a try.  Tweepsmap needs access to your Twitter account so you’ll need to allow that before proceeding.

The first result gives you a world map with percentages of your total followers overlaid on the country.  Looks like most of my followers are from the United States, followed by Canada.  But, there’s more!  Click on the little bird to get a little more detail.

Note that the maps below are resized to fit into the blog layout.

But, plotting by country is but one option.  Let’s try by city.  This time, the winner is Toronto!

In addition to maps, the site provides results in a nice pie chart.

How about a breakdown by province or state?  I could see this nicely fitting into an infographic.

But, you aren’t limited to just your account.

It’s a fun little app to play around with and get a sense of where your followers come from.  If anyone from the site happens to read this blog, I think it would be a nice enhancement to be able to plot a list  for example, like the Ontario Educators’ list.

When you’re done, just remember that you’ve given the application access to your account.  If you’re ok to continue with that, great.  If not, go to your account settings on Twitter and revoke access.  While you’re there, it might be a good time to scroll through all of the apps that you’ve given access to and adjust accordingly.  In the meantime, enjoy analysing your reach.  You may just be surprised at how far it extends.  If you have a classroom Twitter account, your student may be a little more than surprised and what a way to inspire some geographic research!

OTR Links 10/08/2011


  • Of interest to Computer Science teachers

    tags: computer science csc project edlab group engage youth

  • Please provide the following information to register for “CSTA: Services and Resources to Engage Youth in Computer Science”. CSTA is the Computer Science Teachers Association, a membership organization of 10,000 educators, institutions, and companies dedicated to supporting and promoting the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines in K-12. This webinar will focus on services that CSTA provides for formal and informal educators and the free resources it provides for helping young people, their families, and their educational community better understand the computing disciplines and the world of opportunities they provide.

    tags: Computer science collaboration project

  • This Ada Lovelace Day on October 7, share your story about a woman — whether an engineer, a scientist, a technologist or mathematician — who has inspired you to become who you are today. Write a blog post, record a podcast, film a video, draw a comic, or pick any other way to talk about the women who have been guiding lights in your life. Give your heroine the credit she deserves!

    tags: technology history feminism tech blog science Ada writing

  • Sharing ideas visually is no new concept. A hundred years ago, teachers used chalkboards. Then, with the invention of the smelly, dry erase marker, we upgraded our boardrooms and classrooms with shiny whiteboards. Then along came old fashion projectors, and we wrote on clear plastic, shining the ideas up on a pull-down screen. Years later, the projector has gone the way of the chalkboard though, because now we have digital projectors!

    tags: screencasts

  • Create and share dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos — basically anything there is to talk about. You can talk, type, and draw right on the screen. VoiceThread takes your conversations to the next level, capturing your presence, not just your comments. Anyone can join the discussion from their iPhone, iPad, iP

    tags: voicethread app

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