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Geoweb Meets Twitter at Twittervision

Posted by Sravan | December 26, 2008 .

You must have noticed the image in the greeting I posted yesterday. If you haven’t, then check out this screenshot and return back. I took it after waiting for several minutes on Twittervision yesterday.

Twittervision is a very interesting website that uses the Google Maps API and the public Twitter feed to show a real-time geographical visualization of tweets across the globe. It gives us a snapshot of what the world is doing at any given moment which can be zoomed down further by location. It has two views: classic and 3D. The former scrolls the map while the latter is a Flex app that scrolls all around the globe.

Twittermap in Delhi

That said, for an app which has been used over a billion times in the two and a half years since its launch, I think there are very few tweets that are being displayed.

Twittervision has a Twittervision API that can be used by anybody to obtain the current location and status of any user (used for Twitter badges on blogs). Flickrvision is a sister application that is very similar except that it shows images being uploaded on Flickr.

This has been around for over a year and a half now but I am only starting to discover Twitter and apps centered around it. Dave Troy is the man behind Twittervision and has a very interesting blog.

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  1. Lyla Burns  February 24, 2012 1:59 pm

    Thank you for the post. I didn’t know that anything like this existed. I am a Professor and I use Twitter to post some assignments and announcements for my students. This might be a cool app to use. Do you know if it can do document translation? I teach Spanish and occasionally get assignments in Spanish and translate them myself before giving it to my students, but if it could do it for me that would be awesome! Thanks again!

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