Tracking Twitter messages

This is an interesting tool.

It’s called OneMillionTweetMap and it pretty much does what you would expect it to — it plots Twitter messages on a world map according to your rules.  Just a blank snap world-wide looks like this.

onemillion

If there is any doubt that people are using Twitter, this should dispel that notion.  Since it’s a digital map, you can zero in on any particular location and check things out around that neighbourhood.

It gets very interesting when you start to play around with the tools and look for results with a purpose.

toolsAs people in education know, the big ISTE conference is on this week.  It’s an opportunity for educators to gather and learn.  For some, it’s a chance to dust off that Twitter account and share pictures of meals others or to send the message “I’m at ISTE and you’re not”.  Regardless, there’s evidence when you do a search for the hashtag #iste18

iste18

I let it run and gather 5000 Twitter messages for the purpose of this post and these were the results.  That it’s got global interest shouldn’t come as a surprise.  It’s also early morning as I write this; I may run it again later in the day to see what’s happening.  In addition to the one hashtag, there’s also a #notatiste18 tag.

Its results?

notatiste18

The little red dots appear to be the application checking by location.

You’ll also notice, I hope, that the tool allows you to have a hashtag battle.  You can plot both of these on the same map.

Beyond ISTE?

Do you want to prove to yourself that soccer is a world wide event, try plotting #WorldCup18!

Any time there’s an event with a hashtag, you could use this tool to share the results.  I’m thinking, for example, of something that you’re district is promoting.  It would be nice way to summarize the results for parents, trustees, administration, …

Play with it.  I’m sure that many ideas will come to mind.

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3 thoughts on “Tracking Twitter messages

  1. How did you get it to stop after 5000 and still save your data? When I hit the pause button, the map goes blank. Or did you just do a screen shot of the data at that point? Help a luddite out!

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