The flow of information as no one has ever seen it before
- Tuesday, 02 August 2011 16:24
We found this on Twitter's Official Blog. It's an unbelievable depiction of how fast information is shared accross the world! Imagine how powerful we feel when we see this! That is the beauty of the online community!
During major events, people use Twitter to share news and thoughts with friends, family and followers around the world. Messages originating in one place are quickly spread across the globe through Retweets, @replies and Direct Messages.
The figures are rather impressive! There was a 500 percent increase in Tweets from Japan as people reached out to friends, family and loved ones in the moments after the earthquake. The video below shows the volume of @replies traveling into and out of Japan in a one-hour period just before and then after the earthquake. Replies directed to users in Japan are shown in pink; messages directed at others from Japan are shown in yellow.
In the face of the March 11 earthquake in Japan, the volume of Tweets sent per second spiked to more than 5,000 TPS five separate times after the quake and ensuing tsunami.The video above illustrates what this global flow of information looks like.
Spread of information
The clip above displays worldwide retweets of Tweets originating in Japan for one hour after the earthquake. Senders’ original Tweets are shown in red; Tweets retweeted by their followers in the hour after the event are displayed in green.
Whether across the world or across the street, Twitter — and more broadly, technology — allows people to view the world through each other's eyes. As a result, we are able to share information and communicate more easily than any time in our past, bringing the world closer.
Both videos were made by @miguelrios. Respect!