World Cup 2014 – Brazil v Croatia

Congratulations to Brazil on winning the first game of the World Cup. It looks like most of the world was behind them.

Congratulations to Brazil on winning the first game of the World Cup.

It looks like most of the world was behind them.

We have also geo-fenced every stadium and are picking up great images from supporters there.


The most popular hashtags for the 2014 World Cup

According to Twitter (who know these things), the two official hashtags for the 2014 World Cup are #WorldCup and #Brazil2014. But we are seeing a lot of others being used around the world.

According to Twitter (who know these things), the two official hashtags for the 2014 World Cup are #WorldCup and #Brazil2014.

But we are seeing a lot of others being used around the world.

We’ve collected 2.8m tweets from the last 72 hours, and found the following hashtags to be the most popular. The official hashtags are 1st and 5th.

Hashtag use varies a lot by region. The visualisation shows daily activity for the main hashtags over the last 4 weeks.

To better highlight regional differences we’re not displaying #worldcup, since that is the most widespread.

Spanish-speaking countries are using #brasil2014 more, French-speaking countries prefer #cm2014, and Portuguese-speaking countries are using #copa2014.

1 year on: An analysis of 10 million tweets about Edward Snowden

It’s 1 year since the NSA leaks, and we’ve used our analytics and visualisation tools to crunch 10,146,900 tweets that mention Edward Snowden.

It’s 1 year since the NSA leaks, and we’ve used our analytics and visualisation tools to crunch 10,146,900 tweets that mention Edward Snowden.

It seems the first ever tweet to mention Edward Snowden was from Janine Gibson (3 minutes before Glenn Greenwald himself).

We created a visualisation to show how, once his identity became public, the mentions of Snowden quickly overshadowed the mentions of the NSA and Prism.

Who is tweeting about Snowden

We found 8,836,300 unique accounts that had mentioned Snowden in a tweet. Here are the 10 that were most retweeted or mentioned with regards to Snowden.

What are they tweeting?

Below are the top tweets, hashtags, words and urls.

Top tweets

Most shared urls

Top Cities

Initially Washington appeared as the city with the highest number of tweets. By the second month, Caracas was the highest, as Snowden was offered asylum by President Maduro. Since then top cities have remained fairly consistent with New York, London and Washington all being in the top spot at different times.

Traitor or Patriot?

This chart shows the percentage of tweets that contain 'patriot' or 'traitor' when discussing Snowden. Obviously this can include reporting of other people's opinions rather than just reflecting the overall options of Twitter users, but it is still interesting that there were a couple of months where the order flipped.