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Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Featured Maps, R Spatial, Slideshow, Visualisation | 7 comments

Mapped: Twitter Languages in New York

Mapped: Twitter Languages in New York

Following the interest in our Twitter Tongues map for London, Ed Manley and I have teamed up with Trendsmap creator John Barratt to offer this snapshot of New York City’s Twitter languages. We have visualised the geography of about 8.5 million geo-located tweets collected between Jan 2010 and Feb 2013. Each tweet is marked by a slightly transparent dot coloured according to the language it was written in. Language was detected using Google’s translation tools. The above map (click for interactive version courtesy of Oliver O’Brien) has the top ten languages plotted together and the one below takes the top 24 in turn (excluding English) and orders them by popularity. English (in grey above) is by far the most popular with Spanish (in blue above) taking the top spot amongst the other language groups.  Portuguese and Japanese take third and fourth respectively. Midtown Manhattan and JFK International Airport have, perhaps unsurprisingly, the most linguistically diverse tweets whilst specific languages shine through in places such as Brighton Beach (Russian), the Bronx (Spanish) and towards Newark (Portuguese). You can also...

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Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Featured Maps, London, Slideshow, Spatial Analysis, Visualisation | 17 comments

Mapped: Twitter Languages in London

Mapped: Twitter Languages in London

  **Update: You can see a new fully-interactive version here** Last year Eric Fischer produced a great map (see end of post) visualising the language communities of Twitter. The map, perhaps unsurprisingly, closely matches the geographic extents of the world’s major linguistic groups. On seeing these broad patterns I wondered how well they applied London- a great international city. The graphic above shows (and here for non-zoom version) the spatial distribution of about 3.3 million geo-located tweets (based on GPS) coloured by the language detected using Google’s translation tools. Ed Manley collected the data and he goes into more detail about the data here. They cover the summer period so we can clearly see the many languages of the Olympic Park (a hotspot for tweeting). English tweets (grey) dominate (unsurprisingly) and they provide crisp outlines to roads and train lines as people tweet on the move. Towards the north, more Turkish tweets (blue) appear, Arabic tweets (green) are most common around Edgware Road and there are pockets of Russian tweets (pink) in...

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Posted by on Apr 13, 2012 in London, Visualisation | 5 comments

The Twitter Languages of London

The Twitter Languages of London

Last year Eric Fischer produced a great map (see below) visualising the language communities of Twitter. The map, perhaps unsurprisingly, closely matches the geographic extents of the world’s major linguistic groups. On seeing these broad patterns I wondered how well they applied to the international communities living in London. The graphic above shows the spatial distribution of about 470,000 geo-located tweets (collected and georeferenced by Steven Gray) grouped by the language stated in their user’s profile information*. Unsurprisingly, English is by far the most popular. More surprising, perhaps, is the very similar distributions of most of the other languages- with higher densities in central areas and a gradual spreading to the outskirts (I expected greater concentrations in particular areas of the city). Arabic (and Farsi) tweets are much more concentrated around the Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Edgware Road areas whilst the Russian tweeters tend to stick to the West End. Polish and Hungarian tweets appear the most evenly spread throughout London. Even though the maps represent close to half a...

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