Instant Geo-tweet Maps: Just Add UMapper

Adam DuVander, February 28th, 2010

UMapper A dearth of geotweets didn’t stop UMapper (our UMapper API profile). Viewing geocoded tweets on a map is now super-easy, thanks to the snazzy Flash mapping platform’s new feature.

From the UMapper blog:

After two weeks of intensive testing, the Twitter Search template is ready for release! It is now easier than ever to create interactive maps with real-time Twitter feeds. You can display all tweets from a location or filter results by a specific keyword.

A search for “Olympics” in Vancouver is embedded in the map below. Drag the map to a new location and a new set of tweets is downloaded.


As with everything UMapper does, the attention to design and detail is apparent here. Each Twitter avatar is displayed within a circular marker and the search radius is also visualized.

If you create your own, you can choose between several imagery options, set the initial search center and optionally start with a specific keyword search.

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2 Responses to “Instant Geo-tweet Maps: Just Add UMapper”

May 30th, 2012
at 9:14 am
Comment by: Robert

What if I want to only show my own tweets on a map?

May 30th, 2012
at 10:19 am
Comment by: Adam DuVander

You can retrieve a user’s tweets directly, like this:
http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.json?screen_name=ryan505

Within there, if the tweets have been entered with a location, that will be available in the geocode object (as is the case with Ryan’s above). From there, the geocodes can be added to a map.

If you don’t know how or want to learn to create a map, there are sites that take your Twitter feed and turn it into a map. This one appears to do your own timeline, but I haven’t tried it:
http://www.tweography.com/

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