Monday, 10 October 2011

Trendsmap Paints Twitter Maps

Twitter data is becoming a new rawmaterial for representing cities. Visualisations are being produced frequently. The latest addition comes from Trendsmap the online platform visualising emerging Twitter trends.

The guys have produced visualisations for a number of cities from around the world plotting locations of georeferenced tweets. The series is called Paint a City by Numbers and so far covers only a doyen places, but is poised to grow with Trendsmap having access to a lot of Twitter data through heir service.

Trendsmap painting cities, Melburne
Image taken from trendsmap / Painting the city of Melburne using geolocated tweets.

Trendsmap painting cities, Sydney
Image taken from trendsmap / Painting the city of Sydney using geolocated tweets.

These sort of maps we have seen already for examples in the work of Eric Fischer. Still it is always amazing as to how much detail the maps actually contain with streets completely covered. For example in the map painted of the area around Amsterdam in this example HERE, the main roads draw out in amazing detail.

However Trensdmap have added also specific features. One of the fascinating ones is the airport. Here on urbanTick we have pointed out a number of times how different urban features draw out specifically in the city fabric and the airports are definitely a special case.

The Trendsmap guys have plotted data for the area around the Atlanta International Airport and the resulting creepy crawly bug structure is amazing.

Trendsmap painting airports, ATL
Image taken from trendsmap / Redrawing the airport of Atlanta ATL, actually the busiest airport in the world in 2011.

Trendsmap painting airports, SFO
Image taken from trendsmap / Redrawing the international airport of San Francisco resembling the shape of a spider using geolocated Tweets.



Dieter said...


Thanks for these great pictures. I persieve them as a sort of virtual geoglyphs.

A few years ago I tried to find interesting patterns in the Google Maps Photo layer. To my regret I didn't and I'm afraid my 'Panoramio footprint quiz' didn't get much attention either.

Perhaps the populairity of Twitter is an opportunity to try such a quiz (like Google Earth's popular 'where in the world is this')?

Dieter van Werkum

Andre Rodenburg said...

Does the 140 character limit on Twitter cause city names to be shortened, like Melbourne becoming Melburn? wht nxt!?