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.
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.