Twitter Weather Map



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Sorry, due to changes in how the API and search features of Twitter work, the Twitter Weather Map is not working anymore.

For now, I didn't have the time and resources to update the code. In the meantime, have a look at some of my other projects, like Geosketches or Rhizome Navigation.

Below is a screenshot of the Twitter Weather Map for the United States combined with a Cloud Layer in Google Earth.

Twitter Weather Map Mashup

How this works

Talking about the weather. You often do that to just keep a conversation going. People do the same on twitter (among other things) and the map above tries to give you a picture of the weather in by tracking these conversations.

This is just a simple example to illustrate the hidden power and possible emergence that lies within social media, presence services and livestreams.

This is a quick hack inspired by Using summize I fetch messages from twitter which contain words about the weather in . A simple algorithm measures what people are talking about and renders a KML file which gets displayed above. The file gets updated every hour. Have a look at for a comparison with actual meteo data.

June 2008 - Done in three hours by Walter Rafelsberger


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