A map of how the news of Ferguson spread through Twitter

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After a young African-American man was shot in Ferguson, Mo., the news spread through Twitter like wildfire.

Through the #Ferguson hashtag especially, Twitter users spread news updates, asked questions, sought information, and engaged in dialogue around race relations in the U.S., police violence, journalists’ rights, and much more.

Twitter has created an animated map of the U.S. — and the world — of the Twitter activity related to Ferguson, Mo. since the outbreak of the events, using geo-targeted tweets connected to the events into a CartoDB heat map too.

Understandably, much of the activity happened around Missouri, but it’s interesting to see that the news and Twitter activity had noticeable activity in other parts of the world.

Other useful and interesting maps of Twitter data have been made before, such as the earthquake map from Stanford scientists.

(h/t to PBS)

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16 comments
Kaitlyn Lamm
Kaitlyn Lamm

Social media is such a fascinating tool. When it's not being used for cat videos and lunch selfies.

MrMoe DotNet
MrMoe DotNet

Miles Maker See you're following the story. Check it ^ ~

Peder_Rice
Peder_Rice

@deafferret we watch int'l tv, and Ferguson has been breaking news for a week. That's how the world sees us.

Syamil Mj
Syamil Mj

It always baffled why there is such a need to call someone an "African-American". Can't they just be "American"?

deafferret
deafferret

@Peder_Rice I suppose I'm thankful that it's news. I would hate to live in a time where it's "normal."

Jim Wolfson
Jim Wolfson

Exactly.  Almost all of these are no more African than I am.


Charlize Theron is my favorite African-American actress, and she's white.

What would these oh-so-politically-correct commentators call a white guy who moves to Phoenix from Johannesburg?