Watch the spread of the #selfie over the last 18 months

We’ve crunched a year and a half of selfie references into our visualisation tool to show it’s journey to world domination.

We take selfies for granted these days, but even just 18 months ago you could go for hours without seeing one.

We’ve crunched a year and a half of selfie references into our visualisation tool to show it’s journey to world domination.

London, Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, Melbourne and Manila put in the hard yards early on, and there was a big boost in November 2013 as it was named Word of the Year.

Barack Obama and David Cameron caused a stir by posing for a selfie at the Nelson Mandela’s memorial the next month, and in January 2014 we had the Twitter endorsed #SelfieOlympics. But of course, it was Ellen and her showbiz pals who really kicked it into the mainstream at the Oscars in March this year.

This also seems to broadly match the volume of searches for ‘selfie’ over on Google Trends.

#IJF14 wrap-up

#IJF14 (the annual International Journalism Festival) in Perugia, Italy, finished yesterday, and it looks like it’s been another interesting and popular event.

#IJF14 (the annual International Journalism Festival) in Perugia, Italy, finished yesterday, and it looks like it’s been another interesting and popular event.

We were proud to develop the official IJF event dashboard in collaboration with Buzzdetector, and for this post we’ve also used our visualization and analytics tools to dive deeper into the most popular moments of the festival.

#IJF14 visualization

Below is a visualization which displays the top terms over the 5 days of the festival. Please note that the locations used includes the location listed in an account’s profile, and the time displayed is your local time.

Here follows some key statistics about the event, and we’ve included some custom timelines for the top tweets, images, videos and URLs.

Key #IJF14 statistics

Popular #IJF14 tweets





#IJF14 official Twitter trends

Finally, both #IJF14 and #HackIJF14 were official Twitter trends at various locations across Italy. See the links below for iTrended reports to find out exactly where and when:

 

Ukraine a bigger global topic than the Oscars

Ellen and the Oscars may have broken Twitter, but it looks like in most locations in the last 24 hours there were more tweets about the Ukraine.

Ellen and the Oscars may have broken Twitter, but it looks like in most locations in the last 24 hours there were more tweets about the Ukraine.

These images illustrate geo-locatable mentions for Oscars, Ukraine, Venezuela and Syria. They cover the 24 hour period from 2 hours before the Oscars red carpet begins.

To create these images we used a new tool we are testing which enables us to plot multiple topics on the same map. Contact us to be notified when this tool will be available.

Obviously these would mostly only capture English language speakers, and only those tweets that can be located, but even so this demonstrates that the Ukraine is a huge discussion in pretty much every region of the world. Venezuela is also a big topic, but mentions of Syria are tiny in comparison.

Worldwide

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North America

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South America

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Africa

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Europe and the Middle East

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Asia

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Australia and New Zealand

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And finally, a word of warning.

The Kids Choice Awards don’t happen until March 29th, but they look like they could be bigger than the Oscars.
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#Brits2014 global invasion

The 2014 Brit Awards have just wrapped up, and the One Direction chaps and their chums have helped make it a global event on Twitter.

brits-citiesThe 2014 Brit Awards have just wrapped up, and the One Direction chaps and their chums have helped make it a global event on Twitter.

We set up an Analytics to pick up all tweets that contained the official hashtag (#Brits2014), and 24 hours before the event started we noticed that only 3 of the top 10 cities were from the UK.

Obviously when it comes to music on Twitter, One Direction does tend to skew things, and their fans from all over the world were obviously pushing for them as hard as they could.

We also noticed that @5sos actually had the most retweeted tweet at that stage.

screenshot-by-nimbus (7)As an aside, recently we have been seeing 5 Seconds of Summer trending more frequently than even One Direction. There have been more than 35 official trends featuring ‘5sos’ just in the last 2 weeks.

As the event unfolded we saw activity all over the world, and just over 2m tweets mentioning the official hashtag.

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Through our iTrended service, we were also able to see the official Twitter trends that mentioned ‘Brits’, and sure enough, the One Direction associated hashtag trended in more locations than the official hashtag.

Here are links to the iTrended reports for the #BritsOneDirection and #Brits2014 trends.

There were also lots of spinoff hashtags that officially trended:

Trend Locations* Top Position
#BRITsOneDirection

402

1

#BRITs2014

334

1

#NewBritsBoyBandInTown

107

1

#BRITsTickets

86

1

The Brits

74

1

#BRITsDanandPhil

28

2

#notatthebrits

26

2

Watching the Brits

25

4

#thebrits

16

6

#BeyonceOnBRITs2014

14

3

Time for the Brits

12

7

#CapitalBritsParty

9

8

#BRITsEllieGoulding

2

2

Brits Awards

1

10

#BRITsNoMultishow

1

1

* Locations is a minimum value. Over this time period it may have covered more locations.

iTrended featured as Twitter technology partner

We are very proud to announce that iTrended.com (a Trendsmap product) has been featured as a Technology partner by the Twitter Media team.

Hats off also to Stackla, but despite various reports in the Australian press, Stackla is not the first and only Australian partner!

iTrended.com gives detailed reports on official Twitter trends, showing when a trend went global, what cities and countries it trended in, for how long, and at what positions.

Features include:
  • Official Twitter trend data is available back as far as 2009
  • Reports can cover up to a 2 weeks for a single trend
  • Includes global, country and city based trends
  • Changes in trend position reported at a resolution as fine as every 5 minutes
  • HTML report (see a sample), easily share with colleagues or clients
  • Download all the raw data in CSV format and do further analysis with your tools

Learn more at iTrended.

Doctor Who 50th anniversary – #savetheday

On 23rd November 2013 it will be the 50th anniversary celebration of Doctor Who. A special feature-length episode will be broadcast simultaneously (including in some 3D cinemas) in 76 countries.

On 23rd November 2013 it will be the 50th anniversary celebration of Doctor Who. A special feature-length episode will be broadcast simultaneously (including in some 3D cinemas) in 76 countries.

It’s a pretty big deal.

Whovians are already getting excited as you can see at our custom Doctor Who dashboard. (You can learn more about our Dashboards here).

We’ve also created a Tweet map where you can see locations of individual tweets about #savetheday.

Exterminate!

Historical Trends now available in Trendsmap Plus

We are pleased to announce that you can now access historical trends, including associated images, videos, URLs, and tweets from the last 7 days in Trendsmap Plus.

Screenshot from Trendsmap Plus: Historical view of Turkey, from May 31st, taken June 5th

Using the new control in the top left of the map, you can simply slide to any hour from the last 7 days, and the page will update with trends from that time.  You can also zoom & pan around the map as you normally would, while viewing trends through this special historical view.  To get back to the latest trends, simply move the slider back to the far right.

Also, in case you missed it last week, you can now filter trends by type, checkout this blog post for more information.

Please be sure to let us know if you have any queries, comments or feedback!

More Languages, More Locations, Better Coverage and More Data

It’s been a while between updates but we have have spent that time teaching Trendsmap five more languages and launched more than 240 new location pages.

New languages

Trendsmap can now natively process Arabic, Turkish, Russian, Italian, and Swedish tweets in addition to the existing ones of English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, and Dutch.

This means we can now provide even more detailed and relevant trend information in areas where these languages are spoken.

We have already seen a big impact in the number of trending terms that Trendsmap displays  in the Middle East, Europe and Russia.

Trendsmap showing a number of countries with improved trends including Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

More Locations

We have also added 244 new locations with their very own local page across the globe, mainly in areas where our improved language coverage such as the Middle East, Russia, and parts of Europe.

In the Middle East a number of important cities have been added including recent news hotspots such as Damascus in Syria and Tripoli in Libya, as well as a number of smaller, previously unlisted cities in the region.

For a full list of the over 1300 local pages we now have, please see our Locations Page.

Better Coverage

We are now also doing more processing of data in areas where other languages are typically used.

This means that there is now a lot more hashtag and user trends in popular Twitter areas like South Korea and Japan.

This gives Trendsmap an even more detailed trend coverage across the globe than it has ever had.

More Data

Twitter has grown dramatically over recent years.

As such we have had to grow as well in terms of the volume of tweets we are processing.

Combine this growth with extra languages and additional data from a number of regions, we have gone from processing around 4 million tweets per day when we first started in 2009, to now processing over 60 million tweets per day from across the globe.

This means more trends, in more places as there are more tweets in areas where previously we wouldn’t have been able to extract a trend.

This increase has also allowed us to add in more locations, and we hope to continue to add more of these as possible.

Paint By Tweets: Geo-Tweet Heatmap of Melbourne

We have been having a bit of fun with Trendsmap over the past few weeks building visualisations out of geo-coded tweet data.

What is a geo-coded tweet? In basic terms, it is a tweet where the person has made available their precise location as part of the tweet. This is typically done using the GPS in many of today’s smart phones running twitter clients.

The images below show a heatmap representation of the density of geo-tweets across Melbourne, Australia.

Click on each image to see a larger resolution version. (right click and ‘save image as..’ to download a copy).

More images to come, but next time we will not tell you which city is represented. You will have to guess!

Geo-tweet Heat map of Melbourne
Melbourne Australia in Geo-tweet view (click image for larger version)

Here you can see the distinctive outline of Port Phillip Bay as the ‘void’ in the middle, the city of Geelong to the bottom left.  The gridded road network is also just visible here, and more clearly the snake-like lines representing the metro train network.

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