Twitter Data Team Creates Animated Map That Shows Viral Spread of Ferguson, Missouri Tweets


US Map showing Geotagged Tweets mentioning “Ferguson” on Twitter.

Created by Twitter’s data team and explained in a blog by Simon Rogers, an animated map has been developed that shows the mention of “Ferguson” on Twitter.

Simon Rogers says, “the first week of any news story is the time when data journalism can have the greatest impact. When people care about a story is the time to strike with the facts themselves.”

Those who used mentions of the city “Ferguson” and related keywords can be tracked to monitor the story’s progress across the Midwest, America, and the world.


The animated map initially visualizes the Ferguson mentions as tiny blips in the Midwest before becoming an intense series of bright yellow impulses that almost cover the country.

The map was created using CartoDB, which is a Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud computing platform that provides GIS and web mapping tools in the browser.

Simon Rogers is a data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of ‘Facts are Sacred’ published by Faber & Faber, and author of a new range of “infographics for children books” from Candlewick. Rogers is also a data editor at Twitter, San Francisco.

See also …
What data journalism told us about #Ferguson

srogers.cartodb.com

Direct link to map …

Twitter.com/smfrogers


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