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Watch as the news of violence in Ferguson spreads across the world via Twitter

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If you’ve been following the news about the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and the resulting standoff between police and crowds of protesters and mourners, you know that Twitter has played a key role in spreading the news of the unrest (along with YouTube, Instagram and other social platforms). Twitter’s head of data science Simon Rogers pulled all of the geo-tagged tweets that mentioned Ferguson and used the CartoDB tool to create an interactive map that shows how awareness of the violence in Ferguson spread throughout the network.

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4 Responses to “Watch as the news of violence in Ferguson spreads across the world via Twitter”

  1. Henry Davis

    Extremely misleading. The tweat indicator sizes don’t get any smaller as you zoom out. It gives a completely false sense of activity. Zoom in and look at a city. A few tweats here and there…totally NOTHING.

  2. Rann Xeroxx

    The social media aspect of this whole mess really has become part of the story. All sides jumping to conclusions, hackers giving out wrong information, etc. The whole thing is a stinking mess.