• Twitter Heatmaps Illustrate Tourist/Local Divide Around The World

    Anyone who lives in or around a big city knows there are some places locals just won’t be caught dead. That’s because those places, such as New York’s Times Square, are lousy with tourists and even lousier with people and places preying on the naivete of tourists. Seriously, a dirty water dog can cost you twice as much just because you’re eating it in a crowd of thousands in front of the M&M Store. So where do the locals go? Well, everywhere else. California-based data artist Eric Fischer used data form Twitter and Gnip to create these heatmaps of major cities around the world illustrating the great divide between where the tourists flock to and where the locals seek refuge. Red represents tweets from tourists while blue symbolizes local tweets. For more cities, check out the project at MapBox.

  • Why She Hides Your Status Updates

    Social media is a weird world that we have all accepted as normal. We had to learn how to be polite at the dinner table or considerate on public transit, but technology changes so quickly that we were never taught how to behave properly online. I bet you know someone who is insufferable when they get behind a keyboard. You don’t want to be that person, especially if you want to impress someone. Here are the reasons why she would hide your status updates or even un-friend you. Don’t give her any reason to ignore you! Nobody cares about your games. Your Slots/Farmville/Candy Crush obsession should stay between you and your devices. You can alter the games’ settings so that they do not post your scores or invitations to your friends. I’m just trying to save you from yourself here. We get it. You work out. I don’t know any women who log into social media just clamoring to know where you worked out and whether it’s an ‘Arm Day’ or a ‘Leg Day.’ You’re taking care of yourself and keeping yourself accountable – Good for you! …But I don’t really care to know about it. Did you run a more »

  • Kobe Bryant Tweets a Grotesque Picture of His Surgery, Crosses Social Media Boundaries

    In case you’ve been living under a rock the past couple months, Kobe Bryant has taken up social media in an unprecedented way. After rupturing his achilles tendon, Kobe has embraced the 21st century and has quickly ascended my Power Rankings of Favorite Tweeters and Instagrammers. Congrats Mamba, you’re my number one! Recently, he’s been giving updates on his rehab as he tries to prove his haters wrong and comeback from his most devastating injury of his career. But Kobe crossed a line this past week. A social media line, that is usually reserved for the creepy people on the internet not named Kobe. He Instagrammed a picture of his achilles surgery and it was the most disgusting picture I’ve seen since Kevin Ware’s broken leg made its way on the interwebs.

  • Twitter Flu Tracker (infographic)

    Here is a map of the wide spread and just plain mean strain of Flue virus running rampant around the U.S. this season. Chris Cantey created this map using an incidence of the keywords ‘sick’ or ‘flu’ from from geo-enabled Tweets, mined from the Twitter Streaming API. The results may surprise you.

  • The Twitter 100: SI’s Must Follow People In Sports

    For Sports Illustrated’s second annual Twitter 100, they once again polled Sports llustrated staffers who are hard-core Twitter users (they are among the 140 million active on the service) and asked them which feeds they considered essential to their daily routine for finding news, information and entertainment from the sports world. They received hundreds of worthy suggestions but eventually whittled down the list to our Top 100, presented in alphabetical order.

  • 4 Easy Steps To Adding A New Twitter Header Imagine

    After long wait, Twitter is giving their users “Header Images,” a new way for users to beautify their pages. First thing you might say is, “it looks very similar to Facebook and Google + cover photos”. Not going to argue there, but it’s a welcome addition and the process for adding a photo is very simple.


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