Mapping tweets about the Kenyan presidential debate
Yesterday saw the first ever televised presidential debate in Kenya. The debate was not only carried across a range of tv and radio stations, but was also live-streamed on YouTube and was actively discussed on Twitter under the #KeDebate13 and #KeDebate hashtags (and perhaps others).
Because Kenya is one of Africa’s most active sites of Twitter usage, I thought it would be useful to map out the geographies of geocoded tweets about the debate. With a bounding box around the continent, we collected 2321 geocoded tweets mentioning #KeDebate13 and #KeDebate (between the afternoon of the 12th and the morning of the 13th).
Most of these tweets were unsurprisingly in Kenya. Of those tweets, only Nairobi saw a significant cluster of activity. In the maps below, we map tweets mentioning #KeDebate13 and #KeDebate in Nairobi: revealing some of the urban geographies of participation in the Twitter debate.
Mapping Twitter in African cities