• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Using Geodata and Geolocation in the Social Sciences: Mapping our Connected World provides an engaging and accessible introduction to the Geoweb with clear, step-by-step guides for: • Capturing Geodata from sources including GPS, sensor networks and Twitter • Visualizing Geodata using programmes including QGIS, GRASS and R Featuring colour images, practical exercises and a companion website packed with resources, this book is the perfect guide for students and teachers looking to incorporate location-based data into their social science research.

Social Media Geodata Capturing Location-Based Twitter Data
Social Media Geodata: Capturing Location-Based Twitter Data

This chapter includes:

  • Twitter 101, and the anatomy of a tweet
  • Exercise 1: Basic queries using the Twitter Search API via the web interface
  • Exercise 2: Using TAGS for querying and storing Twitter search results
  • Exercise 3: Using the R programming language for accessing Twitter data

Twitter, the microblogging service that allows users to send short messages to groups of online “followers,” exploded in popularity at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in 2007. Attendees of the festival used the service to keep up with each other and comment on the various events taking place, while the founders of Twitter posted televisions throughout the festival venues that streamed live “tweets.” While some ridiculed the service as ...

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