Eric Fischer, a developer at the map building company Mapbox, has created a map visualizing geotagged tweets around the world from the past three and a half years—all 6,341,973,478 of them. The visualization plots all tweets tagged with location data, which is about 120 per second, or about 10 million per day. Fischer used Twitter’s public application programming interface (API) to compile the three terabyte dataset, which grows by four gigabytes every day.
Visualizing the World’s Tweets
Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.