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Twitter maps New York City, language by language

Non-English tweets cluster in neighborhoods

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3:14pm, March 20, 2013
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BALTIMORE — New York City’s oldest European settlers make their mark on a very modern data set. A map showing non-English, GPS-tagged tweets coming from New York City and its surroundings reveals distinct second-language neighborhoods, Delia Mocanu of Northeastern University in Boston reported March 19 at the at the American Physical Society meeting.

These neighborhoods include the area around Marine Park in Brooklyn, which the Dutch settled by the 1600s; today, its second-most common language for tweeting — after English — is Dutch (light pink). Other iconic neighborhoods shine through, including the Russian community on and around Coney Island (fuchsia) and Korean communities (green) in Flushing and Palisades Park, N.J.

Mocanu found it harder to localize Spanish-speaking neighborhoods, because people tweet in Spanish (blue) all over the city. Several other second languages showed up in isolated spots: Portuguese (red), Japanese (yellow), Danish (gray), German (light blue) and Indonesian (purple).

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