Probably a more realistic model of North American travel patterns

The same 60,000 trips (of 20 or more miles each) through the same 750,000 randomly-chosen geotags, grouped with 10-mile radius, from the Twitter streaming API, August, 2011.


Map of actual (truck) traffic volumes in 2010. Pretty close in some ways, pretty far off in others.

  • Dave'sLeftEye PRO 4y

    These are all just fascinating. I open them all and look, just so you know.
  • Eric Fischer PRO 4y

  • Ted Sherarts 4y

    It seems hardly anyone twitters while traveling through my hometown.
  • •Don Johnson 4y

    As clear a case you can make for long-distance high-speed rail.
  • Michael Patrick 4y

    This I find to be further convincing evidence that you can, in fact, get your kicks on Route 66.
  • Prentis T. (Tom) Keener, Jr. PRO 4y

    Curious that IH-10 dies out between San Antonio and the junction with IH-20 near Pecos. Were truck drivers avoiding that area?
  • Eric Fischer PRO 4y

    This map doesn't know the actual route that anyone took, only the density of geotagged tweets along the possible routes. From my one experience with that stretch of Interstate 10, there is very little along that route, so it doesn't surprise me that there are few things that anyone wants to tweet about along it. In reality, truck drivers do use it because it's a shorter distance than going out of their way.
  • Prentis T. (Tom) Keener, Jr. PRO 4y

    Eric, you certainly are right about there not being much to comment on along I-10 west of San Antonio! My kinda country should know by now that I will take a picture of just about anything....
  • Eric Fischer PRO 4y

    I wonder if it would turn out different using photo counts instead of tweet counts.
  • •Don Johnson 4y

    Well, a simpler answer yet would be that on that stretch of road, people simply can't access the internet very well. Data coverage maps for AT&T & Verizon confirm this, with AT&T skirting the route, and Verizon a bit worse.
  • Eric Fischer PRO 4y

    That's true... when I was there I remember having only occasional network connectivity, on a tiny carrier I had never heard of.
  • Mer PRO 3y

    I wonder also about the density of cell phone towers from which to tweet along some of those sparser routes (if you know you don't have signal, you don't tweet, and/ Could be wrong since the last time I took 90 and 94 across the Dakotas was 5+ years ago, and cell towers are presumably much denser now...
  • Mer PRO 3y

    Er... got lost in the middle of editing that comment, but I think the gist is clear. I hope.
  • Silus Grok PRO 3y

    Fascinating. Beautiful.

    If you're taking requests, might I suggest the Wasatch Front? ( Northern Utah, comprising Provo, Salt Lake, Ogden, and Park City )
  • Silus Grok PRO 3y

    I especially love the cruise lines!
  • evxanadu 3y

    Let me know if I'm just being stupid, but don't most of these maps show people using their cellphones to twitter and upload pictures WHILE DRIVING? And, isn't that illegal, and shouldn't all these people actually be in jail?
  • Silus Grok PRO 3y

    @evxanadu: These are twitter updates while in transit. Which isn't the same thing. I can be in transit and update my twitter stream every time I gas-up (which I do, actually); I can be a passenger in the car; or — as is evidenced by the lines criss-crossing the Caribbean — I could be on a ship. :)
  • Paweł Stankiewicz 5mo

    Why is it different from next map ,,Might not want to let this program design your continental high speed rail system"?
  • Eric Fischer PRO 5mo

    Sorry, I wish I could remember what the difference was between the two models, but I can't.
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