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Mapping Twitter in Francophone Africa

There was a lot of interest in the series of eleven maps of tweets in African cities that I posted yesterday. So, here are ten more from Francophone Africa: Algiers, Bamako, Abidjan, Nouakchott, Kinshasa, Ougadougou, Libreville, Dakar, Conkary, and Douala. 

Compared to places like Cairo, Johannesburg, or Nairobi, we see very little activity in most of these cities - with the notable exception of Abidjan.

Remember that we are only mapping geocoded tweets here. But these patterns might nonetheless give us a very crude indication of some of the distinct geographies of contemporary digital divides.










Relevant articles:

Graham, M. 2013. Virtual Geographies and Urban Environments: Big data and the ephemeral, augmented city. In Global City Challenges: debating a concept, improving the practice. eds. M. Acuto and W. Steele. London: Palgrave. (in press).

Graham, M and M. Zook. 2013. Augmented Realities and Uneven Geographies: Exploring the Geo-linguistic Contours of the Web. Environment and Planning A 45(1) 77-99.

Graham, M., M. Zook., and A. Boulton. 2012. Augmented Reality in the Urban Environment: contested content and the duplicity of code. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00539.x