Friday, March 1, 2013

Seattle, Mapped by Tweets

Posted by on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 2:04 PM

It's Friday afternoon. You're looking for something to do that's on a screen so it looks like you're working. Here you go! Right here! Click on this map below if you want some more!

Click for the whole thing.
  • Andrés Monroy-Hernández
  • Click for the whole thing.

This is a tiny bit of Microsoft researcher Andrés Monroy-Hernández's map of Seattle, the Capitol Hill bit. Seemingly based on that Ork poster that's hanging in your living room right now, it's labeled by the most commonly tweeted words in each neighborhood. You can read all about the methodology in this Geekwire post.

Monroy-Hernández tells Geekwire he's interested in "data-driven art" and that as a new Seattle transplant, he has "both empty walls and an interest in art that represents my new city."

Go find where you live! What word is on your house? Try and figure out where the weird words come from. For example, "salt" is the most prominent word in North Seattle, but then you realize it must be about snowy roads, right? And because it's all based on volume of tweets, neighborhoods that had low volumes have a lot more words from police tweets about their hood. "So the loudest is the most visible, which is part of the provocation," says Monroy-Hernández (in a tweet, of course).


Comments (10) RSS

Oldest First Unregistered On Registered On Add a comment
Catalina Vel-DuRay 1
Harbor Island certainly likes their alcoholic beverages.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on March 1, 2013 at 2:34 PM · Report this
Sea J 2
Obviously nobody at The Stranger actually reads this blog.
Posted by Sea J on March 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM · Report this
yelahneb 3
Oh, fun - I remember Twitter.
Posted by yelahneb on March 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM · Report this
treacle 4
In the 'democracy' of twitizens, those of us that don't ever tweet go unrepresented...

How did "ut" "inj" and "u1" become common enough "words" to deserve placement on this map? Is this some sort of hybrid dialect twit-speak?
Posted by treacle on March 1, 2013 at 3:05 PM · Report this
Poor @jseattle. He hasn't had a free moment to fap himself silly since 2009. But at least I know when everybody got stabby last night on Summit, and where all the slacklines will be up today.
Posted by spinflux on March 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM · Report this
Fnarf 6
Posted by Fnarf on March 1, 2013 at 3:15 PM · Report this
Womyn2me 7
Bedroom/tonight. not surprised.
Posted by Womyn2me http://http:\\ on March 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM · Report this
What about the Eastside?
Posted by Eastsiderz on March 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM · Report this
Fnarf 9
The most commonly tweeted word in my neighborhood is "thaks"? I call bullshit.
Posted by Fnarf on March 1, 2013 at 5:38 PM · Report this
"Tonight free pretty weekend" sounds good to me.
Posted by Katch22.2 on March 1, 2013 at 5:45 PM · Report this

Add a comment