Visualizing Spatial and Social Media

This chapter presents new ways of visualizing social data, with a particular emphasis on mapping. Web 2.0 mash-ups enable the quick and easy visualization of new and diverse kinds of social data in intuitive ways. The focus is on spatial representations of social and economic data, laced with physical representations of people and places, and drawing on the extensive interest in how people and places interact. Examples featured include both traditional spatial data and new kinds of real-time data from sources such as transit systems and social media.