Language communities of Twitter (European detail)

I had been wanting to make this for a while before finding out on Saturday that Mike McCandless had extracted Chrome's open-source language detector into a standalone library, which suddenly made it much more practical.


There are a lot of near-identical colors for different languages because I was optimizing for maximum distinguishability of languages used near each other rather than for global uniqueness. The exception is English, which is in gray because it is so common almost everywhere that it threw off the process of choosing the other colors.


Nathan pointed out an error in the language labels. Fixed now.


Data from the Twitter streaming API, May 14-October 20, 2011.

  • Eric Fischer 4y

    What is on the world map is all that I have to work with. If you have better data sources for Africa, please let me know.
  • TomeuTT 4y

    canallati Els independentistes catalans som més del 30%, però les xifres sempre són manipulables. El que no ho és és el fet de tenir història o no tenir-ne i que els catalans tenim història des de fa més de 10 segles només es pot negar per ignorància supina o per mala fe intencionada. Tu sol et retrates, Canallati.
  • Paul Patras 4y

    Insightful image
  • Steven Boland 4y

    Someone suggested tweets were connected to vacationers in certain regions. If you were able to make a time-lapse version of the data you could see those vacation traffic. Could be even real time.
  • Eric Fischer 4y

    Animated or real time would be great, but the data for most places actually trickles in very slowly. This image only works for most places because it is months of accumulation for a single image.
  • indignat2011 4y

    Ken-ichi Ueda Yes (the language spoken by 12.000.000 of citizens and is not recognized by the European parlament...)
  • ulaussie 4y

    Eric, just so you know it.. your image just appeared in a Catalan Newspaper today. You can check the link here -->

    Nice job!
  • Eric Fischer 4y

    Thanks for letting me know!
  • rogerjowett 3y

  • rogerjowett 3y

    can't list the languages in alphabetical order please?
  • rogerjowett 3y

    anyone add pashto dari?
  • Natasa Stanisic 3y

    Interesting :)
  • TwitterChristel 3y

    Ben Thompson It seems we are :)
  • TwitterChristel 3y

    I think it's a shame English was not taken into account, because you would probably see that in Holland there are more English tweets than in surrounding countries (except for the UK of course). At least I would have loved to see proof of that statement :)
  • bior 3y

    TwitterChristel English is on the map in gray.
  • Albert Miquel 3y

    Moltes gràcies Eric !!
  • El Marc Di Palmer Culom 3y

    good job! One thing, how Balearics and Valencia does not speak Catalan?I understood that yes .. :::))) it`s very interesting..
  • El Marc Di Palmer Culom 3y

    Bon treball! Una coseta, les Illes Balears i el País Valencià no parlen el català?!?
    Tenia entès que sí :::)))
  • El Marc Di Palmer Culom 3y

    buen trabajo! Una cosa, en las Islas Baleares y Valencia no hablan el catalán?!?
    Me pensaba que si lo hablaban.. :::)))
  • martidelx 3y

    Marc di Palmer. Actually the grren on this map is north of Barcelona and Inland Catalonia. This would mean that Southern Catalonia, the Valencian Country and the Balearic Island have more Spanish than Catalonian tweets. In bilingual areas it would be great to know the percentage of tweets is each language. It may not be possible on the map but the figures must exist... Acutally there is a mixture of green and red for Barcelona and you find green dots on some of the Valencian area (for example: Marina Alta around Denia) way south of Catalonia...
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