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Sunday, March 9 • 1:00pm - 1:15pm
Beyond Dots on a Map: Visualizing 3 Billion Tweets

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What can 3 billion geotagged Tweets collected over 18 months tell us about the world?
We mapped this huge data set, taking a look at Twitter's userbase in incredible detail – revealing demographic, cultural, and social patterns down to city level, across the world. This is a story about working with 3 billion Tweets, and a search for patterns in a big set of data that evolved over time.
As we began working with the data, stories emerged on the map – road networks around the world lit up, we discovered where tourists go vs. where locals hang out, saw gentrification boundaries reflected in Tweets from Android vs. iOS, and uncovered the complex patterns of languages spoken within and across countries.
In this session we'll walk through the maps and talk about the stories in data. We'll also talk about lessons learned and how to work with geodata at this scale. We'll end with a vision of what we can expect to learn as geodata evolves as a critical component of all social data.

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Ian Cairns

Prod MgrGNIPIan Cairns is a Product Manager at Gnip, the world’s largest provider of social data, where he leads work on data Enrichments products. He is helping drive the adoption and use of social data at large scale for uses ranging from marketing to disaster response.

Sunday March 9, 2014 1:00pm - 1:15pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom E

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