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!

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3 Replies to “Map your PLN”

  1. Hi Doug,
    Thanks for the write up! I am glad you like Tweepsmap 😉
    What is the enhancement you are referring to? “I think it would be a nice enhancement to”
    It seems cut off in your blog.

    I am intrigued…

    Cheers,

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  2. You’re right. It was left off mid-sentence! I just added my thought – I was thinking that it would be nice to be able to plot a Twitter list rather than the entire group of followers. Thanks for dropping by.

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  3. Oh I see,
    That’s certainly interesting feature, I will add that to my todo ‘list’ no pun intended 🙂

    BTW, tweepsmap does not store the authorization token, once you leave the site it discard the token. Unfortunately, there is no where in the Twitter API where I can automatically revoke access (at least not that I know off)

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