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With more than 280 million tweets sent out using location services, you would hope all of that data could be used to at least make something interesting, right? A company was able to gather this information and place a lighted speck on the map for each tweet, creating a very pretty map for users to check out. What takes the map over the top is that you can toggle between views of tweets from iOS, Android, BlackBerry and “other” device individually. Plus, they can be layered. Very cool. 

Follow the link below to check the map out and make sure to zoom in all the way to see where folks are tweeting from around you.

Via: Mapbox

  • Jason James

    People are assuming every dot represents one device which means they can’t read and/or are idiots to believe the first tweet someone sent from there phone was at a mall or on the rode or etc. it clearly states mobile usage and Twitter(maybe not third party apps?? IDK!) aka every tweet sent from a device that allows twitter to track your location (which i doubt more adults than teens are allowing companies to track them. twitter doesn’t need to know where you are to deliver a tweet to your phone kids!) teens are trendy which means iphone/galaxy S3/4, glasses and tight jeans and spandex pants for girls. in a matter of a week about 30% of the girls at my college were wearing spandex. coincidence? i think not. it’s the younger crowd that’s mostly on twitter on their phones but who gives a F what phone people have?

  • John

    Gotta love these Kam Banwait type goons who are on a droid life site and as anti android as you can get. Anyone who knows anything at all about twitter knows that what this map shows is kids tweeting. Kids have iPhones because they are trendy and gimmicky. They are more interested in having emojis then anything else. Once these kids are older then 19 they smarten up and buy an Android for the features. Kids tweet several hundred times a day, adults maybe a few. Graphical representation of this.

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      THIS^
      I’m 16 and stuck with people all day at school who go “OMG I GOT A NEW IPHONE I LOVE THIS BLAH BLAH BLAH.”and it’s really funny to laugh at the teens people who can’t even figure out how to use iOS and have to ask me (an Android geek) how to turn something very simple on / off! Oh and I can’t even count how many times I see people with iPhones on Twitter / Facebook ; It seems like the only apps on iOS that people actually use are those two with the ocasional Instagram! No wonder the map shows a lot of iOS!

    • Matt Upton

      Even then, it’s surprising how few iPhones there are in France

  • Golfy

    How is this different from being monitored by the NSA or GCHQ?…. Other than the level of detail, it isn’t.

  • redsox985

    The demographics that can be pulled from this are incredible. Looking at neighborhoods of my city, it’s clear to me that some areas are dominated by iOS and some by Android. Android, being the cheaper OS (on average), is far more prevalent in poorer areas of the city; iOS in the suburbs.

  • Gilbert Estrada

    I can’t see any map, I just get a black background, tried 3 different browsers and 2 different computers. Must be blocked by the work firewall or something.

  • monica

    i never txt whlie i drive ….so i dont get a ticket

  • Higher_Ground

    Holy cow look at the island of Java… so much purple!

  • Higher_Ground

    Wow, there are so many messages tied to interstates it’s not funny. I’m guessing that they’re all good drivers and that the messages are from passengers… because nobody would be tweeting behind the wheel, right?

  • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

    So, basically, this is a map of where the tweens live.

  • starnovsky

    I know Twitter is popular (in theory) but I don’t know anybody in real life who’s using Twitter, neither adults nor kids. And I’m not a sociopath.

    • http://www.KamilGPhotography.com/ KamilG

      On the contrary, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a Twitter. :O

  • Reginald Jefferson

    Doesn’t show my tweets from android but it may be because I roll with a 3rd party app, but now I know my neighbor has an iPhone.

  • James

    Looks like im a little bit of an android lone-ranger here in wyoming

  • Raven

    Although I have a Twitter account for following some tech blogs, I have never tweeted anything other than DL contest entries, lol. No one I know uses Twitter either. It seems to be a much more big city thing, especially coastal (I live somewhere in that big dark area in the middle of the map). Now, I do know lots of people the FaceBook everything and everywhere. I think that would be far more interesting data than Twitter.

  • GreenMeansGo

    The dots mostly follow highways. So what this basically says is a whole bunch of idiots are sending tweets while driving.

    • Kam Banwait

      The M25, UK, is lit at an alarmingly high amount … but I’m guessing that this is probably due to stand still traffic and drivers complaining about it HA

  • JasonIvers

    I’m slightly confused about one thing… if you have all of the layers on, it looks like Android gets very little usage. If you take away the iPhone layer, it becomes clear that they pretty directly overlay each other (in general). So… is the iPhone layer obscuring Android by accident, or does it have higher usage and therefore shows more?

    • Josh C

      Looks to me like the red just washes out the green and is incidental.

      • randy

        The iOS is much denser if you zoom in. There is no washing out.

        • Josh C

          It’s obvious that there is more iphone usage in general, but the red does wash out the green in dense places. Turn Android on and toggle iPhone to see it in dense places.

          • bob

            Of course it washes it out because when you zoom out each sector becomes the color of the most prevalent OS. Do you seriously think you would be able to see green dots that our vastly outnumbered in one city when you zoom out to a wider view?

        • Tim242

          The map is layered, Android is on the bottom layer. You see dense green when removing the red.

    • Alxndr

      If you zoom into city level and remove all layers except for android, then do the same with iphone, you’ll see that the iphone layer is far more dense. Hence why the main map appears very red.

      However this map isn’t anything to write home about.. it shows twitter users who have geolocation on. To add to that I would posit that far more iphone users use twitter than android. How many 18-30 year old females choose android over the iPhone? From my own experience (just seeing girls have in their hand), not many.

    • Tim242

      Android is a layer under the iPhone. That’s why it is covered.

  • Tony Byatt

    Poor Blackberry and Windows Phone…

  • http://addisontodd.com/ Addison Todd

    My question is whether it’s only official apps or not.

    • bob

      Not sure but i don’t think it matters either way. iOS has plenty of popular third party twitter apps so I think the two offset one another if they are not included.

  • DroidFTW

    If you know the makeup of any of these major cities it is beyond doubt that the average iOS user is richer than the average Android user. No wonder Android gives less money to developers despite having a larger user base.

    • JoshGroff

      I would agree, but mainly because most parents would rather get their children a cheap/free android phone instead of the latest iPhone. The average age range is the factor, not so much the wealth of the user.

      • DroidFTW

        What you say in your first sentence may be true but the second sentence is demonstrably incorrect. Look at the map for cities like DC or Atlanta. The green makes up the vast majority of dots in lower income sections of the city and red makes up the vast majority in the higher income sections.

        • Josh C

          You are correct for DC. There is hardly ANY iphone presence in SE and SW. NE is full of iphones.

          • DroidFTW

            Exactly. PG County and Howard County are nearly entirely green while all of Northern Va. is predominately red.

          • Josh C

            It’s pretty insane; with the exception of College Park, you can draw a line N/S through the middle of DC separating the user bases.

          • DroidFTW

            Yeah it is crazy to look at. I used to live in Atlanta and if you look at Rt 20 which runs east to west you can see the exact same thing. North of 20 is all red and south of 20 is all green. That is the same line that divides the city on racial and socio-economic grounds.

          • Mark

            I don’t know that I fully agree.. There are some very wealthy predominately black areas of pg county (mitchellville, accokeek, fort washington, upper marlboro, etc) and the map is virtually devoid of iPhone AND android users in those parts.

            That leads me to the conclusion that (yes, wealth has something to do with phone choice) but this map also points out locations where there are a lot of young people. Those rich areas of PG county I mentioned are filled with black people 40 and up.

          • DroidFTW

            Devoid of users? Do a zipcode search for Mitchellville(20716). It is predominantly red. It stands out clearly in its redness from the surronding areas.

          • Mark

            Okay, fair enough but do a zipcode search for accokeek (20607), where my parents live, and you’ll see nothing.

        • Alxndrr

          This is fairly obvious though, right? How many variations of the iPhone can you get for free on contract? Almost none.

          How many of the cheap providers (criket, etc) carry iPhones? Not many

          How many cheap android handsets are out there? Tons!

          • DroidFTW

            I thought it was obvious but it is something that Android users try to deny all the time. This is the whole Mercedes vs Honda argument and why market share is not very important if the average user of iOS is wealthier than the average Android user.

          • Alxndrr

            Good point. It makes you wonder how far android can go if the majority of it’s users are paying for apps, buying songs from google play etc. Initially I felt like that would be the ultimate demise of Android, but developers are making more and more free apps these days.

            Also, as Android phones get nicer (HTC one) and more popular (Samsung Galaxy everything) wealthier people buy into Android, pay for apps, and developers see higher returns.

          • Alxndrr

            meant to say *are not paying for apps*

          • JoshGroff

            The average iOS user is also older, a fact you can find in infographics, the average age of the user would have more to do with monetization than the average wealth of the user.

          • Tim242

            That’s odd, most iOS users opt fore the free iPhone 4 at my store. What phone you have is not tied to wealth. You are quite simple minded if you believe otherwise.

          • DroidFTW

            Oh wow antidotal evidence from ONE store that flies in the face of hard data from developer payouts to metadata like the map above. You are delusional.

          • Tim242

            Many devs make more money on Android, and they have been well documented and reported on. The map above shows twitter usage. I have been using Android phones since 2009. I have not once typed a tweet. However, I use 10-12 gigs of LTE and even more through WiFi. Not everyone lives through social media. That being said, the map shows fairly equal colors. It is layered. You have to look one layer at time, to keep red dots from covering some green ones. You seem to be the delusional one. I sell phones.

          • John Smith

            Wow you sell phones in one market at one carrier!!!! This changes everything!!!!!

          • Tim242

            Nice job dismissing every other thing I said. It was just reported that the GS4 is outselling the iPhone
            That is just one Android phone…

          • Tim242

            Many devs make more money on Android, and they have been well documented and reported on. The map above shows twitter usage. I have been using Android phones since 2009. I have not once typed a tweet. However, I use 10-12 gigs of LTE and even more through WiFi. Not everyone lives through social media. That being said, the map shows fairly equal colors. It is layered. You have to look one layer at time, to keep red dots from covering some green ones. You seem to be the delusional one. I sell phones.

          • jnt

            True, but how long has the 4 been free? And how much longer have there been cheap/free Android phones available? I only even mention it because in the DFW area, @d9cd745c69d73a7caa2c63d30fb9ec07:disqus’s conclusions match up with this map as well.

          • Tim242

            I just looked at the DFW area around North
            Park, Galleria, and all over North Dallas. If you remove the red, which covers a lot of the green, you see a ton of green as well. I was at Six Flags in Arlington last week. 75% or more of the devices I saw people using were Android…most being Samsung. Nobody I know tweets from their phone, iOS or Android.

          • jnt

            True, but there is a lot less red in south Dallas and as much, if not more, green – which points to the lower income areas having more Android. I do think this will likely change over the next year or two, especially since the 4 is still free and the 4S will likely be free or really cheap when the 5S comes out.

            And I agree that twitter, while an interesting “brush” of the population, doesn’t cover enough of it – and definitely doesn’t cover the majority of people over the age of 30!

          • Jason James

            so if someone has the money they should spend more of it? you can’t get rich by paying verizon/att $100+/month for service. which is what my gf does on att and i have the exact same service(450 min, unlimited data, only she pays for text) on verizon but only pay $65 but i have a 19% discount. we make about the same. i have a galaxy note 2 her an iphone. you can get service on an iphone for $50/month at walmart so does that now make iphone users poor since we aren’t tracking what networks they are on? or do you know what every iphone and android user who pays for their own service salary is? you work for the NSA? plus what does it matter how much anyone make? $200 is $200 whether or not its spent on an android or an iphone

          • carlisimo

            Isn’t the two-year old iPhone (currently the iPhone4) usually available for free with a two-year contract? $200 for the current model, $100 for the previous one, etc.?

      • starnovsky

        Surprisingly most of my friends are on high end Android phones (latest models from Samsung) while kids are mostly on iOS.

    • starnovsky

      Prepaid phones are dominantly Android. For iPhone you have to either pay $600 up front or $80 or more monthly.

      • Tim242

        You forgot the /s.

        • starnovsky

          No. Why?

          • Tim242

            Prepaid iphones are not $600. They range from $200-$400. However, most iOS users opt for the free iPhone on contract.

          • starnovsky

            Where can I get prepaid iPhone for $200 or even $400 (new, not from craigs list)? I want one for my wife. Seriously.

  • Terrance Steiner

    This map gets really scary when you zoom in. So many people tweet while driving that a lot of main roads are clearly highlighted.

    • https://twitter.com/paladaxar Paladaxar

      I think if I was a cop, my sole purpose in life would be to drive an unmarked police car around and pull people over for texting/twating/FBing/etc while they’re driving. It’s nuts how many people are all over the road with their eyes down in their lap trying to hide their phone. I saw one lady last night on the highway who didn’t realize she wasn’t in her lane until her LEFT tires crossed the RIGHT white lane on the highway. She was completely in the shoulder when she realized that she was swerving!

      Oh, and I’d make the fine like a million dollars. Can we really put a price on the life of one innocent person who didn’t need to die, but did just because someone had to update the twatter before they got to where they were going!? Goodness!

      ok…sorry…I’m done…/rant.

      • Col_Angus

        I agree 100%, but depending on the state, unmarked cars are prohibited from pulling people over. In NY, unmarked cruisers are not allowed to issue tickets.

        • https://twitter.com/paladaxar Paladaxar

          Well that blows…we should be held responsible whether we know we’re being watched or not…especially out in public! What ever happened to integrity in this world?

          Seems like people try to get away with as much as they can and only stop when they’re being watched by someone who could punish them. It’s kind of sad really.

          • cdick133

            Finally someone gets what the NSA is trying to say.

          • Col_Angus

            The law was passed because people were pulling women over, posing as unmarked police in Crown Vics, and raping them.

      • joejoe5709

        That was my thought. Looking around my hometown, I was like… there’s not THAT many homes out there. But there’s a busy highway. Hmmmm…

        • NexusPhan69

          Look at the major highways. You can easily make out the lanes in both direction. It’s clear people are tweeting while driving all the time. Also, scary how accurate these GPS points are from tweets.

      • Ryan

        There’s something like that being worked on in Texas right now actually because its beginning to be an even bigger problem than most even realize. I’m a responsible driver and I started at age 18. (would of been earlier if high school didn’t screw me over) Even then, if my phone goes off, I don’t check it in the middle of a drive. I wait for a red light, and if I have time, I’ll reply at the light. If not, phone gets put back in the holster and I drive normally.

        I have been nearly hit due to people texting behind the wheel. Can’t begin to count how many times I’ve t-boned people either.. Of course, my truck will when in that case because half the time its puny little cars that get in my way. Its a sad world we live in..

        • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

          This is exactly why I will NEVER own a compact car!

          • Ryan

            Made an edit, “nearly t-boned” is what I meant. I mean, if I had, I’d be bankrupt before I could even say I was bankrupt.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            Well technically if they were texting and ran a stop sign / red light / failed to yield/ etc. which then resulted in an accident they would be at fault and you would get the settlement.

        • FujiPanda

          You can still be ticketed for using your phone at a red light in CA. While it may be safer to do so, you are still operating the vehicle and should be paying attention. Doesn’t stop me from taking a quick look at a stop light though. :P

          • Ryan

            Ah, but there’s the thing, CA differs from TX. I have yet to be pulled over for anything so far. Grant it, most of the time I’m just looking at a text if I need to. I’ll reply later as long as its not urgent. I’m responsible enough that if I have to reply, I’ll find a gas station or something to pull over to and go from there. Of course, most people don’t do that, then you get all those texting teens on the roads because no one is teaching them not to. (not even their parents, which is sad these days..)

      • jaylanPHNX

        I’ve never been hit by someone texting, but I have been hit twice by people paying attention to their unruly kids in back. Do we ban having children in the car? Or do we punish people for causing an accident through carelessness? I say the latter. The law should punish people for what they do, not what they risk doing.

        • https://twitter.com/paladaxar Paladaxar

          Hmm…interesting perspective! That really gives me something to think about!

        • jeesung

          children are OK as long as they are gagged and in the trunk ;-)

          • BA_Carroll

            Wait.. we are not supposed to do that?

        • Terrance Steiner

          I do not want someone texting while driving the same way I do not want someone drinking a driving. Just because I have not been hit by someone who has been texting or drinking does not mean I want distracted or impaired drivers on the road. The actions of distracted drives increase my risk of death. I would argue that no-texting laws are punishing people for actively being distracted while driving.

          By your logic the parents that hit you would not have been doing anything wrong up to the point were they smashed into your car.

          • JasonIvers

            I agree with that logic. They WEREN’T doing anything wrong up to the point they started driving poorly. Easy example: I don’t care if someone is talking on the phone while they drive. I DO care if they aren’t capable of handling talking on the phone while driving reasonably. This applies in reverse, too… I care if someone can’t drive reasonably well because they are using some other new technology, without waiting for a bill to be passed into law banning it. It seems to me to make far more sense to have laws banning the behavior that we are trying to eliminate (and enforcing them) than it does to try to pass individual laws that attempt to ban individual things that MIGHT lead to that behavior.

      • Mark Mann

        i understand where you’re coming from…trouble is, at least here, it’s not a primary offense…but if i was a cop, “oh, you’re going 36 through a 35? there’s your speeding ticket, there’s your driving intexticated ticket”

      • michael arazan

        If you have kids that drive, you could just install a signal blocker in their car, they are only good for up to a couple feet, the legal ones, just put it under the driver seat.

    • danyay

      Because no one has ever ridden in a car as a passenger.

    • Capt. Crunch

      Don’t forget passengers tweet too

    • Rob

      Most businesses are along ‘main roads’. It’s not surprising to see that people tend to tweet from places where many people go.

    • Gilbert Estrada

      The majority of those road tweets are probably coming from passengers, but there are still plenty of idiots who tweet while driving.

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  • Matt Upton

    I clicked to just show Blackberry and it was as if someone turned out the lights.

    • Terrance Steiner

      If you think that is bad click on “Other” (i.e. Windows phone)

    • Blue Sun

      Except in Canada. Because we all know they are afraid of the dark.

      • Matt Upton

        Love the How I Met Your Mother reference!!

        • Blue Sun

          Thanks, I figured someone might get it :)

  • trwb

    Cool stuff. Looks like Android and iOS users are pretty evenly distributed.

    • Kam Banwait

      HA .. iOS dominated Android in this .. but they’re the largest two … iOS being the clear mostly used though!

      • randy

        Yeah it is hardly evenly distributed. Either there are way more iOS devices in the US or iOS users tweet significantly more than Android users.

        • Raven

          I think it is more the later. I also wonder if this accounts for all Android Twitter clients, or just the official one because that would certainly impact the numbers.

        • Tim242

          Map is layered. Green is the bottom layer. View one at a time

          • randy

            No its not. There are far more red dots in concentrated areas which is why red is more prevalent zoomed out. If it was layered then you would be able to see red dots on top of heavily green areas, which you cannot.

          • Tim242

            Yes it is. If you zoom in and remove the red, you will see that it covers some of the green. Zoomed out, it looks all red. If you remove the red, you see sea of green as well.

      • Michael Pahl

        Not sure if you are delusional? Take a look at developing countries. PS- Android had 75% market share globally over the past two quarters.

        • Kam Banwait

          facepalm…standard Android user response.

          Market share and usage are two different things. Usage is what we’re looking at here, on this Map. It’s clearly showing that iOS users are the majority who tweet.

          Developing countries are being sold Android phones for their price and the fact that they’re are actually non-feature phones.

          Android is winning the market share competition because Apple doesn’t, and has never wanted, to dominate market share (Tim Cook has said this repeatedly). Android was made by Google to aid their other services and to provide a cheaper option.

          This clearly shows that even though Android has the larger market share, the competition (iOS), is still more widely used by it’s users.

          That’s all that’s being shown here. There’s no argument against it when it’s painted in pretty colours for you on a map!

          • Michael Pahl

            FIXED: This clearly shows that even though Android has the larger market share, the competition (iOS), still has more Twitter users.

          • Kam Banwait

            haha, cheers!

          • Tim242

            If Apple didn’t care about market share, they would have not started offering free and discounted iphones. More iOS users, means more iTunes revenue. As far as the pretty colors, the map is layered. The green is the bottom layer. There are many green dots covered. One layer at a time, please. And judging user base usage by twitter? That shows your mentality.

          • Tim242

            I have never used Twitter or Facebook from my phone. I hardly just use it for text and calls. I rarely make calls, and text very little. However, I used 12 gigs of LTE, and much more through WiFi. I think it’s safe to say that I use my phone.

          • Matt Upton

            Dude. Check out France. I wouldn’t call that a developing country and clearly, Android has iOS licked.

      • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

        iPhone users are more narcissistic, and therefore more likely to tweet things like, “OMG new shoes!” more frequently. ;-)

        • Kam Banwait

          And the majority of Android users don’t use their phones ;-)

          Remember Android is fragmented and not all users are using the latest OS as well as the latest handsets. They’re literally using their phones to make calls and send text messages.

          iOS has Apps and a massive, secure, developer community.

          I know there’s Android users here and there that root their devices etc but it’s not the majority of Android users that do this.

          All stats show that iOS is the most used OS.

          I just don’t get why Android users can’t accept this.

          • Michael Pahl

            I always wondered, why doesn’t Apple let you drag an icon to the bottom right of your device?

          • Tim242

            Are you kidding? The latest OS has nothing to do with the ability to use Twitter. Android is different than iOS…Android 2.0 has more features and capabilities than iOS 7. Apple withholds features, ie Siri and Navigation. Android is the market share owner…not sure what stats you are referring to.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            Everyone I know with an iPhone typically uses it sparsely to check email and Facebook with an ocasional phone call / text while everyone I know with an Android powered device is a power user (when I say power user, I mean 15+gb of LTE a month, 2000+ SMS / MMS a month, 700+ mobile minutes a month, etc. ). While yes there are those pay as you go Virigin Mobile and crappy Wal-Mary devices, the MAJORITY of devices are Samsung, HTC, or Motorola HIGH END devices running at LEAST Android 4.1.2! As for security, as long as you aren’t some scum who searches every torrent site know to man JUST to keep from paying 99 cents for an app then you WILL NOT have an issue especially with Google’s new .apk scanning options which are ENABLED BY DEFAULT on every 4.1+ device and I believe even on 4.0 devices. Oh and just wait until November / December when the Play Store eclipses the App Store in terms of number of apps, maybe that will finally shut up all the mis-informed iSheep that are high on the kool -aid!

      • Tim242

        No they did not. Look one layer at a time…

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        I think its just the colors they used. When you uncheck the iOS tab you can see that the Android light Green is all over but with iOS checked the neon red covers the green.