Social Media Roundup: Exploring Twitter Geography
What Twitter looks like on a map. Plus: Google+ ranks second for social networks.
Ever wonder what Twitter looks like by continent or by country? You don’t have to wonder any longer, and you just might want to bookmark this website for pure entertainment. So just how much of the world really is on Twitter?
That and more, in today’s Social Media Roundup.
Imagine all the Tweeple
An interesting website called “Tweetping,” visualizes Twitter activity in “real time” on a global scale. The site tracks Twitter movement throughout the day via explosions of light, including total tweets, hashtags, and latest “@” mentions by geographic region. (The site’s been up and down ever since it launched, however—likely because the it’s going super-viral at the moment.) The Atlantic‘s Megan Garber describes the experience as “a visual reminder of the distribution of Twitter, the flow of it, the scale of it.” With intermittent “breaks” as the system catches up with tweets, mere seconds on the site showcase more than 4,000 tweets, with the next wave rapidly approaching. If an upcoming presentation has you espousing the broad reach and range of Twitter, this website could be a great visual aid for disbelievers. (ht @JohnSegota)
A Revolution is Coming
Google+ Is Now #2 Social Network bit.ly/11aDbr8— Maddie Grant (@maddiegrant) January 30, 2013
Facebook may still be No. 1 on the social media charts, but Google+ is standing firm in second place, according to The Realtime Report. Google+ was the second largest network in December, with 343 million active users (though it still has a ways to go to catch up to Facebook, which nearly laps it in member count). Twitter and Google+ both saw jumps in active users, up 40 percent and 27 percent, respectively. So who’s in third? YouTube, which still holds a strong 21 percent of all those who use the internet. How are you using Google+ to your advantage? (ht @maddiegrant)
What are you tweeting about today? Let us know in the comments.