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Europe and North America are the brightest spots, indicating the most concentrated use of Twitter and Flickr.

Last year photographer Eric Fischer turned a lot of heads with his Flickr set that used the site’s geotags to map various cities. Now he has posted a new set on his Flickr stream that illustrates where in the United States, Europe, and the world people tend to use Twitter, and where they tend to use Flickr.  (Pics)


The red dots indicate Flickr posts, and the blue, Twitter. One might not necessarily expect to see a lot of difference between the two, but once you get the visual it’s stunning and, in parts, pretty stark. Below is the U.S. map, where more Flickr users have tagged the mountains in the west but more Twitter users seem to be operating in the Southeast. Notice how the cities and main highways facilitate both, but there’s that band of relative darkness running through the central states.

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The brightest parts in North America are at the coasts and Twitter and Flickr usage becomes less as the more one travels into the heart of the U.S. and north of Canada.

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In  New York Twitter is dominant, while Flicker hotspots include parts of Queens and Brooklyn. The white light of Downtown Manhattan concentrates both media forms.

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In Barcelona, Spain Flickr is used most around the coastal areas, maybe indicating more tourist photos.

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New Orleans

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Britain is the brightest spot in Europe.

Via The Atlantic Wire