Twitter is a very popular social network, and people everywhere use it. Over the last few years, Twitter has become the place where everything happens in real time. If you want to know things just as soon as they’re made public, you should spend some time on Twitter. If something’s new, interesting or creative, it’s on Twitter!
Researchers use this social network as a base for their research. There have been discoveries made by interpreting tweets: about health or endangered languages, for instance. Two researchers from England wanted to know about the hidden life in tweets and they asked: how many languages are spoken in London? And in which areas?
Twitter Languages Map
James Chesire and Ed Manley, the two researchers from University College London, have connected the dots between language and location and the results are interesting and impressive.
By going through 3,3 million geo-located Tweets by language, the duo created an interactive, colour-coded map of the languages spoken in London. Using an algorithm adapted from the web browser Chrome, they managed to detect the language of tweets sent from the area of London during the summer. 92,5% of the tweets are in English – no surprise here! The following tongues are the most used tweeting tongues after English: Spanish, French, Turkish, Arabic, Portuguese, German, Malay, Russian and Italian.
French tweeters are located near the French Institute and in Notting Hill, while Arabs are concentrated in the area of Edgware Road and Hyde Park. Turks are mostly in the North of London and Russians in central London.
The two researchers used Twitter in order to create an intricate map of languages spoken in London, one of the cities with a strong cultural diversity. Their results are impressive! What do you think of their idea?
References: twitterstories.com, visualcomplexity.com. Photo Source: spatial.ly.com
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