Twitter’s Visual Insights team managed to create a series of very stylish maps based solely on where tweets originated from. By collecting gobs of location data—that little extra piece of information attached to your tweets—the team was able to accurately replicate what a satellite might see from space—it’s like a demented version of Google Maps. East Coasters sure do like to tweet.
Without context, the images look like they might have come out of a broken copier/x-ray machine hybrid, or some kind of otherwordly sand mixture you might find encased in glass. They’re hypnotic and familiar, representing the more densely populated areas of our planet, along with the smaller thoroughfares and open plains. So this is what the blueprints of our planet might look like.
What’s interesting is that even though many areas appear to have untouched white space, there seems to be a blue data point nearby, even in Earth’s expansive oceans. From air, land or sea, someone out there is tweeting about something. If ever those billions of thoughts contributed to anything, maps of Earth’s more populated places seems like a perfect fit.