Thursday, 18 October 2012

Cyber-megalopolis: The Internet of Cities

photo by Gail Orenstein in Turkey

Tweets, Wikipedia, Foursquare, and Flickr mapped on Hong Kong
We are all familiar with the growth of cities.  Almost half of the global population now lives in cities, and there are a few massive cities called megalopolises.  But these massive super cities are more than just concentrations of people and economic capacity, they are also the engines of content production and content consumption that are driving the web.  Most of the data on the web was created in a city, most of it is consumed in a city and most of it is about, if it is about anyplace, is about a city.

Photo By Gail Orenstein- Hong Kong is one of my favourite places to shoot street photography. it has so much visual weight, buzz and visual contrasts with so many people living top of each other.

Cluster of Wikipedia, tweets, Flickr, Foursquare trending and Yelp reviews for a part of London.
The Internet is a Internet of Cities.
Web 3.0 coverage from my home town of Round Lake Illinois.  A few tweets, foursquare venues, yelp reviews and wikipedia entry for a community of 40,000 people. 

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