Researchers from Oxford University have been tracking ‘geo-tagged’ tweets to figure out where most users make their posts from.
Unsurprisingly the most prolific tweeters are Americans with 30%, Brazilians are next with 22%, whilst the British and Indosesians both share around 6%. As usual the Irish are punching above their weight with (0.4%), producing more tweets than much more populous contries like Poland, South Korea and even India. China is almost completely absent, with the strict censorship laws of that country stopping civilians from accessing the service.
This research was led by Mark Graham of the Oxford Internet Institute, and Monica Stephens of Humboldt State in California.
The graphics below represent a random selection of 4.5 million geo-referenced tweets sent between March 5 and March 13, 2012. ‘It is important to point out that geo-referenced tweets comprise fewer than one per cent of all tweets and it is possible that significant geographic biases exist in where and how people geo-reference their content”, said Graham on the Oxford University website.