How does Portland fare on the map of 6 billion geotagged tweets?

Back in the early days of Twitter, Portland was often one of the more prominent towns on the platform. Getting topics to trend was a regular occurrence. And using the service to spread news and weather was commonplace.

So when I heard that Eric Fischer at Mapbox had created a map of more than 6 billion geotagged tweets, I was excited to see how Portland looked.

The entire map is embedded below. Or you can view visualize Portland geotagged tweets.

https://a.tiles.mapbox.com/v4/enf.c3a2de35.html?access_token=pk.eyJ1IjoiZW5mIiwiYSI6IkNJek92bnMifQ.xn2_Uj9RkYTGRuCGg4DXZQ

I’ve been tracking geotagged tweets from Twitter’s public API for the last three and a half years. There are about 10 million public geotagged tweets every day, which is about 120 per second, up from about 3 million a day when I first started watching. The accumulated history adds up to nearly three terabytes of compressed JSON and is growing by four gigabytes a day. And here is what those 6,341,973,478 tweets look like on a map, at any scale you want.

For more information on how this was created, see Making the most detailed tweet map ever.

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