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22 Mar, 2009

Watermain Breaks Mapped via Twitter

Posted by: Skylar In: internet coverage|water

Pam Broviak recently commented on my original watermain + twitter post from a few days ago, asking if it’s possible to actually map out all the tweets about watermain breaks.  Well, yes it is possible.  And it’s actually quite easy, once I found a Yahoo! Pipe that automatically builds a google map out of a search term.  The one real problem is that it only maps the last 15 tweets on the subject.  [UPDATE: Check out my new map here!] Not exactly a good sample size to see where watermain breaks are happening.  Not to mention that a lot of twitter users seem to tweet on news that is occuring in very different places than their own town (the app uses the user’s set location to map it).

Anyways, here’s the link to my map.  In the future, it might be interesting to figure out a way of showing a larger sample of the tweets.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=b0610a96acc403e8a7f5a1d0c3af117a

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