See How Bright Twitter & Flickr Light Up The World

Micro-blogging site Twitter & photo-sharing site Flickr are favoured by everyone from you family, friends, colleagues to celebrities the world over. Knowing the exact amount of users on both the sites combined already is counted into the hundreds of millions no doubt. Photographer and NYT tech editor Eric Fischer thought it would be a great idea to visualize on a map the Twitter and Flickr usage across a dark map of the world. The images he’s put together are fantastic and shows just how powerful the social media industry is through these two sites.

The World: Europe and North America are the brightest spots, indicating the most concentrated use of Twitter and Flickr. Other bright spots include Indonesia and Japan

The data from North America is pretty surprising! Twitter use is heaviest on in the Southeast and Eastern Seaboard, with much less action on the typically tech-heavy west coast. The central states are, unsurprisingly, something of a dead zone. The rest of the world is mostly dark—according to this visualization, Twitter and Flickr are almost entirely an activity of the Western World.

Answering comments on his Flickr feed, Mr Fischer revealed it takes 40 minutes to set up file data and 3 minutes to produce the image.

He added that the programme ‘runs through the photos/tweets in chronological order, plotting the earliest ones the most brightly and stepping the brightness down for points that don’t show up for the first time until later on.

‘Points are also allowed to diffuse by a few pixels when there is an additional record for a point that is already plotted, with the brightness falling off exponentially as the point that is actually plotted gets further from its intended location. Each pixel is the somewhat weird area of 2.25 square miles because a smaller area made the whole-world image too big for Flickr to let me post it.’


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