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Being on the receiving end of billions of tweets every day, Twitter knows its sitting on a vast amount of information. Thankfully, it uses that for good.

Its latest undertaking uses the location data for geotagged tweets. Assuming you have it enabled, your Twitter client can attach your location to every tweet you send. Thanks to the number of geotagged tweets it’s enabled the company to build beautiful virtual maps of major cities where Twitter activity can be used to plot the outlines of major city centres, their streets, and beaches.

For the best spots in New York, simply follow the blue dot
For the best spots in New York, simply follow the blue dots

For more of Twitter’s maps, check out the dedicated photo gallery on its Flickr page. Though there are no maps for South Africa, the guys over at Zero Geography mapped Twitter activity for African cities earlier this year – notice how many people tweet on the highways. No wonder accident stats are so high.


Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.