Rectangular subdivisions of the world Eric Fischer, who continues his string of mapping fun and doesn't even do it for his day job, maps the world in binary subdivisions. Each bounding box contains an equal number of geotagged tweets. The best part is that Fischer is actually doing some problem-solving, trying to figure something out, so it's not just a pretty picture. The actual motivation behind it, by the way, was to figure out an approximately optimal set of bounding boxes to query for in APIs like Picasa's, where if you ask for the whole world, you only get a few, very recent, results, but if you query for small enough bounding boxes, you can see further back in time. Here's the image zoomed in on the United States. As does the view of Europe: More maps from Fischer here. [Binary subdivision of the world via @datapointed]
30+ Cool Content Curation Tools for Personal & Professional Use | Social Media Content Curation 2011 World Clock POODWADDLE WORLD CLOCKThe World Stats Counter (V 7.0) This minute 250 babies will be born, 100 people will die, 20 violent crimes will be reported, and the US debt will climb $1 million. The World Clock tells more than time. It shows a live picture of our changing world. The World Clock is too large for a single page. You can rotate the map by dragging left or right or by clicking the left and right buttons on the menu. The menu provides several filter options. We show two types of stats:1.
Twitter-Mining Captures Global Mood Patterns | Wired Science Hourly changes in average positive (top) and negative (bottom) affect, arrayed by time (X-axis) and day (color). (Golder et al./Science) An analysis of mood patterns distilled from half a billion tweets has produced a civilization-scale picture of how moods rise and fall in tandem, over time and across the world. The details seem intuitive: positive feelings peaking in the morning, dipping during work and rising at day’s end; negativity accumulated over the workweek dissipating late on Friday afternoon. But they’ve proved surprisingly tricky to measure. “There’s a whole generation of lab work that’s been inconclusive,” said sociologist Scott Golder of Cornell University, co-author of the tweet analysis published Sept. 29 in Science. Many studies of how moods — or, more technically, positive and negative affect — change from minute to minute and day to day rely on self-reported surveys, which can be inconsistent if not misleading. Twitter users, of course, don’t represent humanity either.
Why Tweet? “Why should I be on Twitter? No one cares what I’m doing and I don’t care what they are doing.” This is the most common answer for people who aren’t currently using the social media platform when asked about it. That’s the easy answer, but let’s dig a little deeper into why people give that answer. “Why should I be on Twitter?” – “I don’t really understand how it works and why it matters.” It’s the best way to stay up to date on current events. A few other reasons to be on Twitter… interaction with your favorite brandsnetworkingstaying abreast of the latest trends in your fieldkeeping up-to-date on your interests and hobbiesfollowing your favorite sports teamsfinding out about Twitter-only promotions (sometimes companies give away free stuff)following hashtags during events to follow the live “backchannel” chatter “No one cares what I’m doing and I don’t care what they are doing.” – “I already update Facebook, can’t people just look there?” Your opinion matters and companies are listening.
WeePlaces cartographie l'activité issue des réseaux sociaux géolocalisés Les expériences menées autour de la géolocalisation liées aux réseaux sociaux sont à la fois passionnantes et impressionnantes parce qu'elles permettent de visualiser l'activité humaine à l'échelle de la planète. Les notifications récoltées sur ces supports permettent de dresser toutes sortes de statistiques et d'en tirer des enseignements globaux sur les flux, les foules, mais également sur soi-même. WeePlaces est développé en Août 2010 par la startup américaine Movity. S'il s'agit d'un outil, le service peut également être perçu comme une expérience, reposant sur une idée simple mais puissante. WeePlaces propose en effet à chacun de cartographier tout son historique de géolocalisation issue des réseaux sociaux en s'appuyant sur les notifications (ou checkins) de Facebook Places, Foursquare et/ou Gowalla. À l'écran, cela se traduit par l'affichage sur une carte de cercles bleus correspondant aux lieux que vous avez visité.
7 Ways Universities Are Using Facebook as a Marketing Tool Social media use by universities has become ubiquitous. When earlier this year, researchers from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth asked a representative sample of U.S. schools whether they use some social media, 100% of them said they did. Four years ago, just 61% of them said the same. Facebook is the most prevalent social media tool in higher education — 98% of the universities in the study said they had a presence there. "Prospective students, parents, current students, alumni — one common area in which they are all present in one way or another is on Facebook," says Kevin Morrow, the executive director of public affairs at Syracuse University. For this and other reasons, schools are pretty much unanimous in their use of Facebook. "The book hasn’t been written," says Michael Kaltenmark, director of web marketing and communications at Butler. Here are seven ways schools are leveraging Facebook. 1. 2. Butler's particularly photogenic mascot, Blue II, has his own Facebook Page.
When to Give a Kid A Calculator When we teach kids how to drive, we give them a few months in the classroom so they can learn the basics of driving and the rules of the road. Nobody in their right mind puts a teenager behind the wheel and says, while flying down the road, “Now, the brake pedal is the one on the left.” Not only is it safer, but it makes more sense to teach them outside of the car first. We drop a calculator into the hands of teenagers and ask them to learn math at the same time. There’s a different challenge in learning which buttons to press than learning the reasons behind why you press those buttons. Begin by teaching user’s manuals. The use of a calculator, a program or web-based application can be easily taught by teaching children how to read a user’s manual or follow instructions. Before they start up their new John Deere riding lawnmower, they should read the user’s manual. Math classes and home schools can incorporate user’s manual reading in their curriculum.
Dissecting Twitter The future looks bright for Twitter. After attending an informal press meeting with Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo, its current statistics and revealed strategies seem to focus primarily on revenue and monetization rather than the addition of new features to the platform (if it’s not broken, why fix it, right?). The move appears to be taking Twitter along the correct path, as things only seem to be looking up for the private SF headquartered company. One of the ways Twitter measures its growth is in tweets sent per day. What do current results look like? As mentioned previously, Twitter measures its growth in several different ways. Statistics as of September 8, 2011 are as follows. An average of 230 million tweets a day100M monthly active users around the world50 million people actively logging in every dayOver 55% of these people are mobile usersOver 400 million monthly unique visitors to twitter.com Let’s examine this further. What makes Twitter grow? Twitter was not always so successful.
Twitter Has 100 Million Active Users Twitter has 100 million active users logging in at least once a month and 50 million active users every day, CEO Dick Costolo revealed Thursday. The microblogging service has a total of 200 million registered users, but how many of those are actually regulars has been open to debate for some time. Costolo, in an informal chat with tech reporters he called his "state of the union," revealed that exactly half of them log in monthly — a number he says is up 82% since the beginning of the year. The CEO offered a whole raft of statistics to prove that Twitter is healthy and growing like a weed — especially on mobile platforms. Some 55 million users log on to Twitter from their phone or tablet every month. Less than 40% of users have not tweeted in the last month, according to the CEO, preferring to simply follow the timelines of others.