Instant Geo-tweet Maps: Just Add UMapper

Adam DuVander
Feb. 28 2010, 02:10PM EST

A dearth of geotweets didn't stop UMapper (our UMapper API profile). Viewing geocoded tweets on a map is now super-easy, thanks to the snazzy Flash mapping platform's new feature.

From the UMapper blog:

After two weeks of intensive testing, the Twitter Search template is ready for release! It is now easier than ever to create interactive maps with real-time Twitter feeds. You can display all tweets from a location or filter results by a specific keyword.

A search for "Olympics" in Vancouver is embedded in the map below. Drag the map to a new location and a new set of tweets is downloaded.

As with everything UMapper does, the attention to design and detail is apparent here. Each Twitter avatar is displayed within a circular marker and the search radius is also visualized.

If you create your own, you can choose between several imagery options, set the initial search center and optionally start with a specific keyword search.

Adam DuVander -- Adam heads developer relations at Orchestrate, a database-as-a-service company. He's spent many years analyzing APIs and developer tools. Previously he worked at SendGrid, edited ProgrammableWeb and wrote for Wired and Webmonkey. Adam is also the author of mapping API cookbook Map Scripting 101.

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You can retrieve a user's tweets directly, like this:

http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.json?screen_name=ryan505

Within there, if the tweets have been entered with a location, that will be available in the geocode object (as is the case with Ryan's above). From there, the geocodes can be added to a map.

If you don't know how or want to learn to create a map, there are sites that take your Twitter feed and turn it into a map. This one appears to do your own timeline, but I haven't tried it:

http://www.tweography.com/