A map of Twitter use in the US on mobile devices

A map of mobile devices and Twitter use: "More than 280 million Tweets posted from mobile phones reveal geographic usage patterns in unprecedented detail."


  1. The problem with this map is that the layers are stacked.  The red iPhone dots are placed on top of the green Android dots, which are placed on top of the purple Blackberry dots.  So you only see a green dot when there isn’t a red one in the same place, and you only see a purple dot when there is neither a green nor a red dot in the same place.

      1.  That’ll show you the different sets individually, but doesn’t get you an accurate comparison map.

        1.  Agreed.  The maps are interesting, but they need to go a step further and mix the colors.

  2. If you look at Chicago, the difference between the Android users and the iPhone users is pretty stark. I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that the northside and the loop have the majority of iPhone usage while the westside and the southside have more Android.

    1.  I noticed the same thing with respect to Newark and certain areas of Brooklyn.  So this made wonder whether the difference is simply the result of price, or if culture is involved, for instance, maybe, the way in which the advertising is designed and directed.

  3. I’m used to BoingBoing being America-centric, but this map covers a large part of the freaking planet – it’s just centred on the US as a starting point.

  4. It actually shows some interesting demographic correlations. Looking at Birmingham, AL, you can definitely tell the haves are mostly using iPhones, while the have-nots are mostly using Android devices.

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