Language communities of Twitter

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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.

sbouboux, Bruno Boutot, Blau Zahl, and 180 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Eric Fischer 28 months ago | reply

    As the description says, it is from over the course of months, May 14-October 20, 2011.

  2. Miquelmiquel 28 months ago | reply

    Any chance of homing in on multiethnic countries like Switzerland, Belgium, Finland, Canada or Spain? I'm particularly interested in a better rendering (=less blurred!) of the Catalan-speaking areas, as reproduced here:

  3. amareas 28 months ago | reply

    Make Polish or german other color.

  4. travisjthompson 27 months ago | reply

    We're showing a lot of your pics and talking about you.

    Thanks for the great work!

  5. thebedbugsgeek 18 months ago | reply

    Loved the neon color selection, really made the locations pop.


  6. vinjohn1 18 months ago | reply

    this is cool.

  7. kenyclark 18 months ago | reply


  8. joshfullr 18 months ago | reply

    interesting data.

  9. ruth48441 18 months ago | reply

    surprising. great work guys.

  10. andreaespinosa 18 months ago | reply

    thanks for sharing.

  11. kenlopez 17 months ago | reply


  12. mszavala 16 months ago | reply

    this is cool.

  13. amandawilliamson1 15 months ago | reply

    The neon colors are the best.

  14. verauniversity 15 months ago | reply

    Nice colors. I love it.

  15. andrewkraus 14 months ago | reply

    so cool. Great work.

  16. cathyrice23 14 months ago | reply

    I like the neon colors.

  17. bonniesanders 14 months ago | reply

    Wow. I want to learn this too.

  18. joshuacrow 14 months ago | reply

    I find this cool.

  19. simon photostream 14 months ago | reply

    Hi Eric - have you written an articles about this map? Amazing work.

  20. pamelaness 4 months ago | reply

    Beautiful & Vibrant!!!!!!!!!!!

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