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London's Twitterscape: Metro Page 3

Well its been quite a 24 hours with the twitterography from CASA. Soho Mountain has become a new feature of the London landscape with the post on Londonist reaching the top 3 global retweets yesterday. A kind tweet by Stephen Fry helped a lot as did NotCot and todays Metro Newspaper has it on page 3.

Its good to see the research getting recognition in the wider media. These times of new data are revealing new aspects to our cities, we will have more on twitterography via ourselves, CASA and urbantick in the coming months.

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  1. Andy, don't take this the wrong way...I think the map is a nice piece of 'art' and I agree that getting recognition in wider circles is really good but...

    I think you've missed a trick (or are keeping better work for later release?). The map is simplistic and that in part is its success but it could offer so much more. It clearly mirrors population do they vary over time? What do they reveal about London's population movement? A temporal animated version would be great. And what about the tweets themselves...couldn't the data be harvested to create a surface of what people are talking about that reveals a contextual landscape of place? What geographies are people talking about (e.g. standing outside Buckingham Palace) and might this be used to reveal some sort of alternative geography to label the map.

    As it stands it's a mix between fact and fiction but then again the 100 acre wood was much the same and that's a great map.

    I'd best stop before I give over all my ideas...given we're working on some cartoblography of our own ;-)

  2. Thanks for the comment, the work is of course part of a more serious research project and core to one of my PhD students.

    As such its linked to a wider look at how cities operate and links in population movement, transport networks etc.

    I like the simplicity of the current version, the more complex maps are currently being worked on.

    All the text is also harvested and that's a really interesting issue into how to cope with such vast amounts of data.

    More will follow and I look forward to seeing your catoblography, its an interesting field at the moment.