Twitter has compiled a series of maps showing geo-located Tweet volumes since 2009. The resulting maps are intricate, gorgeous — and even a bit revealing.

According to Miguel Rios, Twitter's Visual Insights Manager, billions of tweets were used to put these maps together. Every dot is a tweet, and the colors represent tweet volume.


What's particularly fascinating is how the coastlines and transportation conduits — including those on the ocean — are so clearly demarcated. It's also interesting to see those regions that are either low density, inaccessible — or even off the grid. There may also be selectional effects at play here as the maps were compiled exclusively from geotags; population density does not necessarily correlate to tweet density. Nor is twitter used to the same degree in different parts of the world.


North America

San Francisco

New York City






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