How the #Glasgow2014 opening ceremony looked on Twitter

Scottish terriers, dancing teacakes, the Queen and a kiss

That about sums up the #Glasgow2014 #OpeningCeremony. We’ve used our Analytics, Visualisation and iTrended tools to find out where it got most interest.

#Glasgow2014 officially trended nationally in UK, South Africa and New Zealand, plus an additional 20 cities. The iTrended report contains all the positions it reached and for how long, and you can view it here.

#OpeningCeremony also trended Worldwide, in South Africa, UK and 20 other cities. You can see the iTrended report here.

The Queen also trended in Ireland, South Africa and 8 cities, and Scottish Terriers even trended Worldwide!

We’ve put together a visualisation that illustrates where people were tweeting about it from (mostly the UK), as well as the top tweets.

World Cup highlights – Visualisations for all 2014 matches

The last 4 weeks has seen the World Cup take over Twitter, with hundreds of millions of tweets making it a truly global event, and fortunately not a single vuvuzela.

We’ve crunched all the tweets to create highlights visualisations for every single match.

All the match visualisations are listed here

For each match you can see the global activity and a timeline chart for each team, as well as the top tweets.

You can pause or change the speed of the animation in the bottom right, control the speed by scrolling the sidebar next to the tweets, or jump to particular moments by clicking on the timeline.

The map is interactive too – so you can zoom into a particular area.

Below is the visualisation for the final.

Click here to see links to visualisations for all the matches.

We will soon be launching this as a self-service tool, so get in touch if you would like to create these yourself.

Wimbledon 2014 – Top Gentlemen’s Players on Twitter

We just covered the Wimbledon Ladies‘ tournament, and here follows the equivalent for the Gentlemen’s.

The graph below shows the relative mentions 10 most mentioned Gentlemen over the 2 weeks of the tournament. There’s a key at below that graph, and you can also hover over any stream you’ll be able to see the person that relates to.

You can clearly see the rise of Australian Nick Kyrgios through the rounds, with the defeat of Rafael Nadal in the fourth round. Also in a similar fashion was the rise of Canadian Milos Raonic, who nearly joined his compatriot, Euginie Bouchard in becoming the first Canadians into a Wimbledon final.

Roger Federer’s support on Twitter was very strong throughout, and even though he didn’t win, he is clearly a crowd favourite, and at least beat Novak on Twitter.

Again we have created a visualisation showing the last week of activity for the finalists. Below you can see a heatmap of mentions around world, a chart showing the volumes over the week, and at the side we’re displaying the top tweets.

There are controls to change the speed or pause the animation, and you can also view at your own speed by using the sidebar to the right of the tweets.

Wimbledon 2014 – Top Ladies’ Players on Twitter

Whilst many have been focused on the games happening in Brazil, there has been another international tournament playing out in England – the pinnacle of Tennis, Wimbledon. This year saw the greatest interaction with Twitter yet, and in particular people getting behind the underdogs.

Whilst many have been focused on the games happening in Brazil, there has been another international tournament playing out in England – the pinnacle of Tennis, Wimbledon. This year saw the greatest interaction with Twitter yet, and in particular people getting behind the underdogs.

This was particularly obvious with Nick Kyrgios from Australia and Eugenie Bouchard from Canada. Both generating a huge amount of support, not just from their home countries, but across the globe.

We’ve used a couple of our new visualisation tools to get some insight into the discussion on Twitter over the two weeks of the tournament.

The graph below shows the percentage of mentions on a daily basis for the 10 most mentioned Ladies over the 2 weeks of the tournament. There’s a key at below that graph, and you can also hover over it to get more detail.

Particularly notable is how most of the early discussion centred around one of the favourites, Venus Williams, but that quickly tapered off when she was eliminated.

Discussion about Maria Sharapova has always been a big topic during grand slams, but in this case, even after she was eliminated, she kept rising due to the Sachin Tendulkar incident.

For the two finalists, Eugenie Bouchard may have been beaten in the final, but overall she had the most mentions of any Ladies’ player. Discussion about Eugenie grew steadily throughout the tournament, markedly more than the winner, Petra Kvitova. There was very little relative discussion about Kvitova until the final itself.

We also created a visualisation showing the last week of activity for the two finalists. Below you can see a heatmap of mentions around world, a chart showing the volumes over the week, and at the side we’re displaying the top tweets.

There are controls to change the speed or pause the animation, and you can also view at your own speed by using the sidebar to the right of the tweets.

You can see the Gentlemen’s post here

The World Game – Group Stage Visualisation

With the World Cup Group Stage completed, it is a great time to look back over the last two weeks at how much has been discussed around the globe.

Below is one of our newer style visualisations we are trialling that shows the extent of the coverage over the last 2 weeks, a graph showing the peaks and troughs (it was a massive start!), along with some of the most popular tweets as time progresses.

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.