Friday, November 12, 2010

The world of tweets : India is nowhere in the picture

The geek in me loves A world of tweets which I discovered through this techcrunch blog post.

Created by a company called Frog Design, the project visualises tweets, real time on a world map.

Or, in their own words;
"A World of Tweets is all about playing with geography and bits of information. Simply put, A World of Tweets shows you where people are tweeting at from the past hour. The more tweets there are from a specific region, the "hotter" or redder it becomes.

This continuous collection of Twitter statuses also allows for the presentation of other interesting visuals as well as statistical and historical data about the tweeting world we live in. Through the activity of Twitter users it is possible to tailor a new map of the world that evolves during the day according to the timezones and the spreading of mobile technologies."

Here is some interesting historical information from the site. The US is obviously the biggest-tweeting market (38%) but second spot is taken by Indonesia (15%). Incidentally, in Asia, Indonesia accounts for a whopping 65% of tweets, with Japan coming a distant second at 10%. India is nowhere in the map. According to this post on greyreview, the estimated number of twitter users in India is roughly 1 million. Of course, the picture could be different by year end, as the Twitter Blog reports that sign ups in India have increased 100% in 2010, with stars like Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra getting onto the platform