Your Geotagged Tweets Feed Twitter’s Visual Insights Team’s Fetish

Did you know the Visual Insights team at Twitter is “obsessed with the patterns that emerge from aggregated tweets over time?” Well, they are.

That explains (to those of us who are paranoid) why the “tweet location” option keeps mysteriously activating itself despite pointed attempts to disable it permanently.

And . . . there’s more.

In this blog post, Twitter’s Visual Insights team speaks of its “continuing curiosity . . . about the geographical shapes that surface in geotagged Tweets.”

And they go on to describe the images with the excitement of a shoe aficionado happening upon his/her favorite smelling size: 

The images we’re sharing here use all of the geo-tagged Tweets since 2009 — billions of them. (Every dot is a Tweet, and the color is the Tweet count.)

I’m especially fond of this view of Europe, because it shows all the maritime traffic from different cities and countries.

And it wraps up with this: “Seeing the clarity of the regional images led me to work up images for cities, too. . . . I like these in particular [Istanbul, Tokyo and New York] because of their uniqueness in data quality, leavened by my own qualitative taste.”

Mmm, those geotagged tweets taste good, hmm?

Do you see what you’ve done, people? Stop revealing your location! The next time you see that little blue arrow highlighted at the bottom of your tweets, deselect it. It’s the only way to end this.

They’ve uploaded more image on this Flickr page, if we haven’t sufficiently creeped you out yet.

(Image from Shutterstock)

@MaryCLong Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.