If you’re looking for something to demonstrate Twitter in action, go no further than the One Two Million Tweet Map.
This is a very interesting implementation of just what can be done when you mix content from the Twitter API with a mapping application.
The application watches Twitter and maps the latest Twitter messages on a world map.
There are some settings that make for even more interesting monitoring. Try filtering on a keyword or a hashtag.
The results appear live as they happen – showing individual Twitter messages, or when they appear in the same areas, as clusters.
Click on a Twitter message or a cluster to zoom in on an area. As I play with this, this is what’s happening in the last few minutes in a part of Toronto.
Since the results are live, this is a very real view of the mechanics of Twitter working.
It’s addictive – be prepared to play around with it for quite a while.
Could you or your students use this to generate your own infographic?
If you’re looking for another example of geographic privacy, post a Twitter message and see if you can find it. How close to your home office or classroom did the program come?
The navigation is a little different – you navigate by zooming in and out of a message or a cluster but once you get that, it’s easy to catch the details.