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36 Hours of Traveling Twitterers, Visualized

written by John Chow on May 12, 2009

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Artist Jer Thorp has created a very interesting vido showing a 3D visualization of Twitter travelers traveling the world. The video is a compilation of 36 hours worth of “just landed in…” tweets.

Thorp’s video maps the probable flights of recently-arrived Twitter travelers over a course of 36 hours, assuming the home locations listed in their profiles as the takeoff points, and their tweeted landing location as their destinations.

The pace of the visualization isn’t ultra mind blowing but you have to keep in mind that these mapped out tweets had to fit the exact “just landed in…” syntax that Thorp was looking for, were almost definitely sent from mobile phone and had to have been deemed post worthy in the first place. No doubt, this video is just the tip of the iceberg for globetrotting Twitter users, but it does help to impact how mainstream Twitter is becoming.

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{ 45 comments }

Darin Carter May 12, 2009 at 11:49 am

Now that is COOL !!!

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social bookmarking demon May 16, 2009 at 6:20 am

yeah I realized that myself I got the exact same effect

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Michael Zhao May 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Awesome! It seems like only the U.S. is the only place that is sending the tweets though from the video…there’s no other countries that’s sending anything back…from looking at the video…

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social bookmarking demon May 16, 2009 at 6:23 am

really i didn’t know that, that’s really interesting that you brought this up.

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Aman@BullsBattleBears May 12, 2009 at 12:07 pm

that was really cool! For the amount of work and creativity to actually map something like this..its quite mind blowing!

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social bookmarking demon May 16, 2009 at 6:24 am

I know I got that same feeling which makes it that much cooler

TYCP Entertainment Magazine May 16, 2009 at 6:35 am

Yeah, I don’t think I could do something like that. Wow.

bisnis internet May 24, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Waw, Cool Things.

Prince Sioni May 12, 2009 at 12:08 pm

I love the video But how accurate is this?

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social bookmarking demon May 16, 2009 at 6:26 am

I was going to say the same thing myself

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TYCP Entertainment Magazine May 16, 2009 at 6:37 am

Who knows. That’s something you’ll have to ask the creator.

social bookmarking demon May 16, 2009 at 7:17 am

what do you mean buddy i don’t understand what your trying to say

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Greg Ellison May 12, 2009 at 12:40 pm

That is pretty cool. It is like a big fireworks display. It looks like we use twitter more then the other parts of the world. Greg Ellison

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social bookmarking demon May 16, 2009 at 6:28 am

i apparently think so myself since people love using it in their daily lives

Benjamin Cip May 12, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Nice video, it looks like fireworks. Strangly, the U.S. sounds like the only takeoff point where are sent all the tweets. I’m wondering if the information in this video is precise enought…

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social bookmarking demon May 16, 2009 at 6:32 am

You never know considering that many people say some pretty questionable things

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TYCP Entertainment Magazine May 16, 2009 at 6:40 am

Well, Twitter was started in America, so…

social bookmarking demon May 16, 2009 at 7:19 am

oh is that so thats what they already stated

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Melody May 12, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I wish he used different colors..the black BG with the black water is a little harsh and hard to see..would’ve been cool if he made the viewer apart of the journey from one tweet to the next..

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Aman@BullsBattleBears May 12, 2009 at 9:29 pm

you should try that! you def have the skills to pull it off!

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TYCP Entertainment Magazine May 13, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I think that would’ve been interesting to see, but I don’t think the video is bad.

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social bookmarking demon May 16, 2009 at 6:33 am

yeah but thats how he chose to use it

Danny Croft May 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Hah cool stuff :)

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social bookmarking demon May 16, 2009 at 6:35 am

it really is some pretty cool stuff

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Cam Birch May 12, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Very cool visualization. Interesting how the demographics show that almost everyone on Twitter (at least who’s traveling) is located in the US.

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Tim @ Blog Tips For Beginners May 25, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Maybe just a mass exodus from the states..

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game-girl May 12, 2009 at 8:46 pm

The USA is a real Twitterland.

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social bookmarking demon May 16, 2009 at 6:39 am

twitter is more of the usa thing than any other countries phenomenon

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TYCP Entertainment Magazine May 12, 2009 at 9:10 pm

That’s wicked. Jer has quite the imagination.

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That’s cool. US seems to be the only country that uses Twitter :)

cial bookmarking demon May 16, 2009 at 7:09 am

thats weird isn’t it would’ve figured that everyone would use it

Suzanne Franco May 13, 2009 at 5:38 am

That was pretty cool … Twitter is definitely something else! The video is creative – glad there are creative types out there who make our world a bit better each day (and more fun LOL). *SmiLes* Suzanne

fas May 13, 2009 at 6:02 am

Mind blowing stuff there, superb. Out of adjectives for this one.

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Internet Marketing Tips May 13, 2009 at 10:52 am

Yeah, US is ultimately the TwitterLand…I think this video is fairly accurate. I don’t have a Twitter Account…so to all tweeters continue on tweeting!

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Luke May 13, 2009 at 3:27 pm

That is pretty awesome. It’s amazing with you can do with Twitter’s live data.

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Ekey May 13, 2009 at 7:42 pm

It shows that people in U.S are more technologically priviliged.

TYCP Entertainment Magazine May 13, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I would say that the UK is on the same level.

Andi May 13, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Looks cool, but reminded me of some of Call of Duty 4 game cinematics somehow.

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Marketing Business Review May 14, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Awesome video. Is there audio? I could not hear anything..

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socokmarking demon May 16, 2009 at 7:12 am

yeah i experienced the same thing when i as trying to listen to it myself

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social bookmarking demon May 16, 2009 at 7:13 am

yeah i experienced the same thing when i as trying to listen to it myself

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ZK @ Web Marketing Blog May 19, 2009 at 12:27 pm

That one is really looking great, I must say. Simply amazing and mind blowing.

Oh boy I just love this.

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Tim @ Blog Tips For Beginners May 25, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Very Cool

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social bookmarking demon May 16, 2009 at 6:36 am

who are you kidding my friend

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TYCP Entertainment Magazine May 16, 2009 at 6:38 am

You sure live up to your name!