Today's Hard|Forum Post
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Thursday July 05, 2012

Where the World's Tweets Come From

Researchers at the University of Oxford have mapped the world's tweets. The U.S., Brazil, the UK and Indonesia seem to be the biggest tweeters. China, for some odd reason, seems to tweet the least. wink

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By mapping the distribution of tweets in the world it becomes apparent that Twitter is allowing for broader participation than is possible in most other platforms and media. In other words, it might be allowing for a 'democratisation' of information production and sharing because of its low barriers to entry and adaptability to mobile devices. Similarly barriers to the dissemination of information, such as censorship, are also visible through the small proportion of tweets originating in China (home to the largest population of internet users in the world).