Now a stunning new data visualization presented by Twitter shows exactly how broadly Ukraine’s story spread across the planet during the month of February.
Twitter’s graphic (see below), which displays the tweet mentions of Ukraine from Feb. 1 to Feb. 25, was posted on Sunday on the @TwitterData account. The data visualization was facilitated by CartoDB, which provides a cloud-based map and analysis engine that allows companies to build their own data visualization apps.
While the data animation, which cycles in a loop through the 25 days, is indeed fascinating, some will notice that the red pulsating graphics bear a disturbing similarity to explosions.
That aesthetic similarity to a map visual we might see in a film about world war is unsettling, but it doesn’t diminish the growing importance of Twitter as a tool to take the virtual pulse of the world and its interests in real-time.