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How Twitter Could Help Police Departments Predict Crime

The method recently worked in an experiment that analyzed Chicago crime, but privacy questions abound.

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What New York's Social Network Might Look Like If We Could Actually See It

A wild experiment in 3D data visualization.

Who Runs Your Twitter Feed?

When it comes to social media at the municipal level, not everyone is a Cory Booker.

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Oh F---! Here's Where People Around the World Are Cursing

A fun new map shows that America rules supreme when it comes to Twitter profanity.

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#DrownYourTown: What Happens When Twitter Users Get On-Demand Apocalyptic Sea Level Rise Maps

Austin, St. Louis ... the Great Wall of China?

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Mapping the 'Time Boundaries' of a City

An EU-funded project is building platforms to detect patterns in how people use urban spaces.

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The Most and Least Popular London Buildings on Twitter, Mapped in 3D

Visualizing the various digital divides in the city.

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Twitter Knows Which Parts of New York City Smell Bad

And other glimpses of the mood of the city.

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Idea of the Day: A Twitter Account To Shame Bike Thieves

The San Francisco police are taking their anti-bike-theft efforts to social media.

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Can Twitter Predict Where You'll Get Food Poisoning?

A new system tracks food illness by parsing mountains of geo-tagged data.

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Watch the Intricate Patterns of Global Infrastructure Emerge From Geocoded Tweets

It's a pretty impressive snapshot of the transportation networks of large stretches of the globe.

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Twitter Can Tell Whether Your Community Is Happy or Not

The results of a study of 82 million tweets from 1,300 counties.

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Chicago Police Got New Twitter Accounts. Will It Make a Difference?

A few social media norms the department should be prepared to address.

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What's the Most-Loved Burger in Your City?

This map of Twitter data will show you.

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Social Media Map of the Day: Tweets by 'Hood, Rendered Topographically

Where people Tweet in San Francisco, New York City, and Istanbul.

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The Visual Signature of Your City

In Instagram photos.

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How Twitter Is Changing the Geography of Communication

New research suggests that location plays a smaller role now in who we talk to and what we talk about.

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Where Americans Tweet Messages of Hate

Clear and distressing pockets of hate speech.

Twitter Data Use of the Day: Mapping the Languages of New York City

5 percent of Tweets out of the city are in a language other than English.