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July 15, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

Cities Mapped with Twitter

Using geotaged data from Twitter and Flickr, the maker of these series of maps, was able to create stunning illustrations of cities. The data from Twitter is shown in blue, and Flickr in yellow. Co. Design’s Cliff Kuang comments on the visualization stating that the vast disparity between a city seen by a tourist vs. a native is captured in the city maps:

It’s no less than a visual map of how differently cities look when you view them through the eyes of a tourist or a native. Sometimes, those visions line up. But having been a New Yorker for 10 years, I can vouch for the fact that the city I love isn’t the one that tourists ever get to see. So much of what I experience remains invisible unless you’ve been here for a while — and that, I’d argue, is the greatest mystery of city life.

Eric Fischer's Twitter/Flickr Map of New York City


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