Have you ever used a Twitter mapping tool?
If these tools are new to you, don’t worry. I’m a pretty tech-savvy twenty-year old, and I had no idea these existed.
It all started last month.
USA substitute Brooks shocked our country with a goal-winning headbutt.
The next day, this video appeared on Vine.
This map shows Twitter activity before and after the kick.
Crazy, right? I mean, Brooks’ kick was cool enough. But when I first saw the map, I was like “whattt? They have maps like this?”
After some research, I found dozens of Twitter mapping tools.
I’ve got eight to share.
8 Twitter Mapping Tools
“Stweet”—street Tweet—combines Google maps and Tweets to show what locals are talking about in a certain city. Right now, Stweet has only major cities, but the service is steadily expanding.
Whereas Stweet shows on Tweet by neighborhood, Visible Tweets shows the latest Tweet by keyword. For instance, ask for “Dairy Queen” and you’ll quickly see the latest Tweet. This works well for businesses with unique names and local keywords, such as “Mama Lucias Newnan, GA.”
Perhaps the most advanced Twitter mapping tool, Trends Map plots popular Tweets on a localized map. Every city and region is represented, so you don’t have to guess what locals are talking about. Trends Map allows you to see not just one but many locals Tweet. Unlike the previous two Twitter mapping tools, which offered just free services, Trends Map offers upgraded versions with marketing tools.
Close behind Trends Map in professionalism is Twittonomy. After signing in with your Twitter account, Twittonomy shows you visual analytics on your followers’ (and followeds’) tweets, retweets, hashtags, honorable mentions, and replies. With graphed insights on your followers, with search analytics for hashtags, Twitonomy informs any local business of its local audience.
Like Trends Map, Nearby Tweets allows you to find real-time tweets by searching a keyword or location. Unlike Trends Map, however, you see the tweet itself rather than a trendy hashtag.
Just type your city, brand, or popular keyword to receive Tweets near your area.
Similar to Nearby Tweets, One-million-tweet-map plots tweets on a map. Unlike Nearby Tweets, however, this Twitter mapping tool plots the last one million tweets. So the tweets can be anywhere.
Twistori is unlike any twitter mapping tool we’ve looked at. Twistori shows you what Twitter users love, hate, think, believe, feel, and wish by placing these expressions—”I love”—in a newsfeed. Warning: these aren’t filtered.
Tweetsmap plots your Twitter followers by region, helping you see your momentum, influence, and effectiveness in a specific region. You can also look at your competitors’ influence over a region.
You don’t have to use all eight of these Twitter mapping tools. In fact, you probably shouldn’t. Decide on one, try it out, and see if it works for you. If it does (or doesn’t), tell me. I’d love to hear some stories.