Twitter Languages in London

This map is a fantastic geovisualization that maps the spatial patterns of languages used on the social media platform Twitter.  This was inspired by a Twitter map of Europe.  While most cities would be expected to be linguistically homogenous, but London’s cosmopolitan nature and large pockets of immigrants impact the distributions greatly.

Tags: social media, language, neighborhood, visualization, cartography.

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6 comments on “Twitter Languages in London

  1. London appears to be more of a melting pot than New York City. I wonder what our American cities would look like with this imagery, probably a lot of English and Spanish tweets mostly.

  2. Interesting! It’s always fun to see when someone combines social media with mapping. I would be interested to see this on a larger scale. I feel like the US would be a very surprising map

  3. At first I was skeptical about how accurate this information would represent the population because the information was collected during summer, probably a very high tourist season, and because not everybody has a twitter. However, you really can see the patterns of languages, for example, tweets in Arabic in Edgware Road and tweets in Russian in central London. I never realized how truly diverse London is and this information/map paints a pretty picture.

  4. This map is very interesting it reminded me of light brite in a way with all the different clusters of color. I thought about how one would go about creating this map and I have no idea as to where to even begin. Or how would you even be able to get the data for who and where people tweet.

  5. I would have never thought about the multi-lingual social media tweets that come from England’s multi-cultural residents. I knew that England is a melting pot of cultures, as is the U.S., but unlike the U.S. more languages are spoken through social media in England.

  6. This map is really interesting as well as cool looking. I did have the same concern as Paige, knowing the data was collected in the summer and by twitter. I feel like maybe there would be a more accurate map if Facebook was used instead. Regardless, the map shows clear patterns in language!

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