Explore the popularity of some of the world’s favourite foods on Instagram. Discover Instagram’s capital of curry, which cities are big on burgers, and where pulled pork is most prolific.

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I was talking to a good friend about the geographic distribution of poutine after watching the silliest YouTube video. (Montreal is famous for it’s poutine, but is in equally widespread throughout Quebec?  Canada?  Is there a core/domain/sphere areas to be mapped? These are the questions that plague geographers.).  True, this map has it’s limitations; Instagram hashtag data isn’t normalized so the biggest cities tend to pop out more easily, access/use of Instagram isn’t uniform, etc.  Still, what a great map to show some geographic applications of social media data.  This sort of map also nicely shows the spatial concepts of region, diffusion, concentration and distribution.  

Tags: visualizationsocial media, mapping, culturediffusion, popular culture, regions, food.