Twitter Languages of London by James Cheshire.
From the post:
Last year Eric Fischer produced a great map (see below) visualising the language communities of Twitter. The map, perhaps unsurprisingly, closely matches the geographic extents of the world’s major linguistic groups. On seeing these broad patterns I wondered how well they applied to the international communities living in London. The graphic above shows the spatial distribution of about 470,000 geo-located tweets (collected and georeferenced by Steven Gray) grouped by the language stated in their user’s profile information*. Unsurprisingly, English is by far the most popular. More surprising, perhaps, is the very similar distributions of most of the other languages- with higher densities in central areas and a gradual spreading to the outskirts (I expected greater concentrations in particular areas of the city). Arabic (and Farsi) tweets are much more concentrated around the Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Edgware Road areas whilst the Russian tweeters tend to stick to the West End. Polish and Hungarian tweets appear the most evenly spread throughout London.
Interesting visualization of tweet locations in London and the languages of the same.
Ties in with something I need to push out this week.
On using Twitter as a public but secure intelligence channel. More on that either later today or tomorrow.