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Racist Tweets post-US election mapped

Interactive map shows the racist response to Obama's re-election

November 10, 2012

Still in the midst of Obama’s victory in the race for the White House, the data visualization team at Floating Sheep released an interactive map of racist Tweets in response to the election results. The timing and the topic in question caught the attention of sites like The L.A Times or The Guardian, who already wrote about it, and it’s making its way on Social Network sites like Facebook and Twitter.

(image: Matthew Zook | FloatingSheep)

From the blog post at  Floating Sheep website :

During the day after the 2012 presidential election we took note of a spike in hate speech on Twitter referring to President Obama’s re-election […]. It is a useful reminder that technology reflects the society in which it is based, both the good and the bad. Information space is not divorced from everyday life and racism extends into the geoweb and helps shapes its contours; and in turn, data from the geoweb can be used to reflect the geographies of racist practice back onto the places from which they emerged.

The blog post has some interesting insights and findings. There’s a very comprehensive explanation about the methodology and technology used to create this visualization and you can also have access to the data to play with it.

Here’s the embedded  map in case you want to feature it on your site or blog:


Links: Floating Sheep – Mapping Racist Tweets in Response to President Obama’s Re-election

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.