Friday, 30 March 2012

Bedford Square Protests Tweets Mapped

Tweets from Bedford Square London during a Pro-Life and Pro-Choice demos, mapped with the Happ App.

The map of tweets above was made with the Happ app running on an iPad.  The map shows the two hours of geo-tagged tweets during demonstrations at Bedford Square London where two sides of the abortion issue faced off, a rate event in the UK.

This larger map shows how dense the tweets at Bedford Square was compared to the rest of London. 
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This two images map on Google street view gives you an idea where people were tweeting from, and the relative location of the protest.
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Tweets return to Tahrir

We are seeing heavy tweeting in Tahrir Cairo from a protest today.  Twitter, despite the hype, is not very popular in Egypt and few people have mobile smart phones that allow them to tweet from sites like Tahrir, so these many tweets must mean a pretty good sized crowd.

Map made with the Happ app showing twitter activity in Cairo over 2 hours, use the Happ app to map tweets and foursquare anywhere. 

Blackberry-maker RIM plans massive retreat

The Blackberry Playbook 

"Blackberry-maker Research in Motion (RIM) has said it plans to refocus its business back onto corporate customers. 
The announcement came as RIM reported a quarterly loss, as revenues fell due to sharply lower smartphone sales. 
The Canadian company made a net loss for the three months to 3 March of $125m (£78m), compared with a profit of $934m a year earlier. 
It has lost ground as its traditional business clients have switched staff to iPhones or Android smartphones. 
RIM also announced the resignation of former co-chief executive Jim Balsillie.
Chief technology officer David Yacht will also be standing down. 
Shipments of Blackberry smartphones in the quarter fell to 11.1 million, down 21% from the previous three-month period."

BBC News - Blackberry-maker RIM plans new focus amid $125m loss

What can we add?  Blackberry, which just 5 years ago was still the foremost mobile device maker in the world, is dying.  Proof again that being first is not winning.

For a massive amount of the population, even today, Blackberry was their first real smartphone.  And from about 2003 to 2009 Blackberry was the phone to have.  This was probably as much poor quality of alternatives than anything about Blackberry.  Windows Mobile phones up to 3.5 were trash, and Symbian OS never made a good smart phone.

It is now clear that iOS, and now Android, have defined the mobile experience in the same way the Mac and Windows have defined the PC.  We are still using PC Windows that are essentially unchanged since 1985 Macs!

Bad news also for Windows Phone, which is trying to enter a market were there is already a low cost option: Android.

The Revolution was not tweeted!

Map of the mornings tweets in Bradford and Leeds UK made with the Happ Clima.Me tool.  It shows no sign of high tweeting from Bradford.
 Yesterday a very significant and perhaps revolutionary event happened in the democracy of the United Kingdom.  Former Labour Left wing George Galloway won a massive victory in Bradford West running in the Respect Party.  This is the second time he has done this, riding the votes of leftist not happy with new Labour and Muslims to a resounding victory against the British establishment.

What is interesting of the map above showing the mornings tweets from Bradford and Leeds is the fact that there is no evidence of any heavy tweeting in Bradford.  And tracking twitter it is pretty clear most of the people posting are not from Bradford and do not like Galloway.  

And yet still Galloway was able to stage a massive victory, almost a coupe against Labour.  This is evidence (in a small scale) that not only is technology like Facebook and Twitter not necessary for 'revolts' to take place, in many areas the lack of such high cost gadgets may mean an area is ripe for revolution.  Libya and Syria, the most violent revolts of the Arab Spring happened in a void of Social Media.  

For a long time we have been seeing social networks being more dominated by reactionary concerned about the nature of change.  There is also a issue that tweeting and blogging may weaken movements for change by giving participants an illusion of participation the takes the place of real engagement that might do something.  But in Bradford West the key element must be that a lot of people who can't afford Blackberries or iPhones came out to vote for a more radical candidate. 

In fact there is something very alienating about all the twitter obsession with George Galloway today, he has been trending along with Bradford West all day on twitter, but the tweets are not coming from Bradford West, as the map above shows.  People from other parts of the UK are talking about Bradford and Galloway, while not many people are speaking from Bradford.   Perhaps this is also what happened in Egypt, with people talking about Tahrir on Twitter more than people talking with Twitter inside of Tahrir.  The danger is social media makes politics in to a spectator's sport, thus extending on the alienation from democratic processes that advanced so much under TV.  Information simply distances people from events as the people impacted are turned in to objects of media examination than subjects demanding their rights.

Today on Twitter everyone seems to have an opinion about Galloway, but no one seems interested in hearing from people who may have voted for him. 

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Twitter analysis shows large crowd in Plaza Del Sol

Map of current tweets over 2 hours in the evening of 29 of March during a General Strike in Madrid, map shows a huge crowd forming in Plaza Del Sol, site of last years sit in protest.  Map create with the HAPP app from
Analysis of twitter shows a large crowd forming in Plaza Del Sol.  This was the site of last years large protests.  It seems a huge crowd is forming in this area this evening, perhaps to stay the night?

El análisis de Twitter muestra una gran multitud se forma en Plaza Del Sol. Este fue el lugar de los últimos años las protestas de gran tamaño. Al parecer, una gran multitud se está formando en esta área esta tarde, tal vez para pasar la noche? 
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Twitter tells a sad story in Iraq by being silent

Map made with tracking tool for mapping twitter map shows 2 hours of mobile tweets from the city, just two were registered.
 This maps sums of the tragedy of Iraq.  Today in Baghdad a Arab Union summit started to discuss the future of Syria.  This morning a series of terrorist attacks hit the city.  In any open democratic society twitter would be going nuts as journalists and concerned people tried to communicate and get in touch.

But in all of Iraq we find evidence of maybe 5 tweets. The map of the Baghdad shows only two mobile tweets coming from the Green Zone.  The US invasion, which was suppose to bring democracy and economic prosperity has left a nation primitive and isolated by global standards. 
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#SMWF before and after

We have been tracking Social Media Web Forum in London this week with the Happ App from, which maps tweets and foursquare trends in real time. #SMWF produced a large amount of tweets we mapped with our tool, and an interesting before and after image showing how much web traffic can be generated by certain events. 

Before, the Social Media Web Forum have a crowd of tweets and checkins.

After,  one day later and only a few tweets from a single user all morning. 

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Crowds mapped by Twitter and Foursquare

FRIDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 2011 Occupy Protest moves towards Brooklyn Bridge

In a world of mobile Internet and social networks Twitter and Foursquare give us the ability to map large crowds and events.  These images are taken from some of the largest crowds and events we have tracked over the past six months.  These images were made with Happ tool.  
WEDNESDAY, 25 JANUARY 2012 One Year Anniversary of Tahrir revolt in Cairo
FRIDAY, 20 JANUARY 2012 San Francisco Occupy Protest
MONDAY, 19 MARCH 2012 London Web Summit
MONDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 2012 Barcelona Mobile World Conference
SUNDAY, 5 FEBRUARY 2012 The Super Bowl!

SATURDAY, 17 MARCH 2012 Saint Patrick's Day in Dublin
THURSDAY, 22 MARCH 2012 Toulouse France just after  Mohamed Merah's death

Mapping tweets and foursquare from London Social Media World Forum

The maps of tweets and foursquare for the hour up till noon at Social Media World Forum London made with the happ tool. 
We are using our Happ app to map tweets and foursquare trends as #SMWF in real time today.   

Morning of Wednesday 28 March 2012 at the London Social Media World Forum.  Map made with the happ app tool from  Map current twitter and foursquare levels anywhere in the world.
Over the morning of March 28 a large cluster of tweets and foursquare checkins are forming around Olympia for the London Social Media World Forum.  The tweets next to the Olympia are from people getting off the train for the conference.  People like to tweet in train stations.  

An interesting pattern as the conference moves in to the second day of people tweeting in a neat line, perhaps where seating is arranged?
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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Heavy tweeting mapped from #SMWF

The twitter position maps below were made using the HAP application in iPhone.  This application can be used on Windows Mobile, Android, iPhone and iPad as well as PC.  The map shows a heavy concentration of tweets at Social Media World Forum in London, follow #SMWF.

The twitter map below, also made with the HAPP twitter map app, shows how #SMWF accounts for most of the tweets in this part of London.

The augmented reality view before shows you that a massive crowd of tweeps are inside the conference right now.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Tweets mapped @ Vive Latino Mexico

A large crowd tweeting from los Caligaris concert in Mexico city, created with the happ app,
We are seeing a mass swarm of tweets coming from Mexico City's Vive Latino concert, looks like fun.
Photo from NeGreTe on twitter, photo was found from the twitter map.

A los Caligaris concert can be seen pretty clearly on the current map of tweets from Mexico City.
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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Mali tweets in coup

In our global world twitter is making few places truly isolated.  Mapping tweets from Bamako Mali show a small concentration in the city, near the Canadian embassy and some hotels.  We assume these are journalists or foreign workers tweeting about the armed coupe today. 
Twitter map using tool from Bamako Mali, we are seeing two spots with very concentrated tweets where we assume international press are assembled.
These maps were made using the mapping tool, run on an iPhone.  The mobile app works on all major PC, tablets and mobile phones without the need for an app install.

These are the only two concentrations of mobile phone tweets in all of Mali at 1pm local time, as news of the coup broke.

Toulouse tweets on Merah's death

This map of mobile tweets over an hour in Toulouse before noon France, showing a massive concentration of recent tweets at what must be the site of Mohamed Merah's standoff and death:

Time is local time in London, an hour behind france.  Image was made using mobile App on an iPhone.

This illustrates Twitter's ability to map and locate major events.  This standoff attracted a large number of press and might be one of the most tweet events in history. 

Monday, 19 March 2012

OWS moves to Union SquareTweet Map

A map of tweets and foursquare checkins shows a cloud of activity forming around Union Square where a new Occupy camp has been established. Map made with the tool. 
 Tracking social media data we see that new occupy park seems to be forming in Union Square.  We are seeing some photos from the site and we can see regular posting of images and messages on twitter along with foursquare checkins.  So it looks like OWS has a new home.
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Tweeting from London Web Summit

Map of the tweets and Foursquare checks around the east of London over the morning.  You can see a clear dense cloud of tweets coming from the site of the London Web Summit. 
London's Web Summit shows up as a cloud of tweets and foursquare checkins mapped with our tool. can show you were the tech crowd is collecting in any city.

The mobile application

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Return of Occupy Wall Street?

We are seeing a large cluster of tweets coming from Liberty Square where a new OWS protest is trying to return.

St Paddy in Dublin

Tweet and Foursquare map of Dublin during Saint Patrick's day parade and celebrations.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Mapping tweets and foursquare at #SXSW

Map made with our tool showing the density of tweets and foursquare trending at SXSW

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Gowalla RIP

Gossips Staff has been fully merged in to facebook and now even the app is down.