Monday, 28 October 2013

Twitter Map App from #TCDisrupt #Berlin

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Anti-Social Media App


After the Tahrir protests in 2011 many people were eager to claim some kind of casual relationship between the emerging usage of social media technology and emerging demands for civil rights. Though this may or may not be true, this work shows an obvious case of a correlation between a social event, anti-social behaviour, and social media which is not a cause and effect relationship



The work above is the result of my participation in Open Data Cities of the Future Hackathon recently in London Hub #hackfc.  The app, still in working charts current trending social media data from Foursquare, and high ranked sites from Yelp against a years historical sites for anti-socail incidents in Westminster..
Map of London evening on a Tuesday night, Oct 29 2013 shows clearly evening trending locations clustering near sites of the most anti-socail incidents in Westminster.

The intention is to follow this data for a few months to see if any obvious relationships between social media usage and anti-socail conducts shows.  So far I have noticed, not surprisingly, that the sites that trend in the evening seem most associated with the locations where blood, vomit, urine, waste and graffiti have been found, all shown with dark boxes.

This is not surprising.  What will be interesting is if a full review of social media can be used to guide public services to target areas where anti-social behaviour may be spiking, or may be moving to.  Soho in London is well established area of anti-social behaviour, it will be interesting to apply work to other areas where social life is increasing, say the East or North side of London.

What is also interesting is the entire concept of cause and social media.  After the Tahrir protests in 2011 many people were eager to claim some kind of casual relationship between the emerging usage of social media technology and emerging demands for civil rights.  Though this may or may not be true, this work shows an obvious case of a correlation between a social event, anti-social behaviour, and social media which is not a cause and effect relationship.

Usage of Foursquare at night is not causing higher incidents of anti-social behaviour in Westminster, but rather the two have the same cause: lots of bars and clubs.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Excel Center London Twitter Map App

Twitter map of #StopwatchingUs

Oddly a lot of people at the protest in DC against internet surveillance are posting their locations on Twitter. There is a degree of irony that seems to be lost on many people at work here.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

#WhiteHouse Tweet Map App

Tracking levels of twitter usage in front of White House in Real Time.

Saturday, 5 October 2013