Libya Protest Tweets Mapped Using Google Maps

    February 22, 2011
    Chris Crum

An activist has put together a Google Maps mashup, mapping out tweets from those involved in the protests in Libya. 

On the map page, the description reads: "This map has been created by compiling reports from trusted accounts on Twitter. Nonetheless, these reports are in general unconfirmed. This information should be considered in the context of there being absolutely no independent media in Libya at this time. This map is not automatically produced. Each posting is considered before it is mapped. These considerations have evolved over time as conditions on the ground have changed."

To that note, creator @Arasmus tweeted:

@mibazaar The danger of an automatic map is that you will reveal too much information too soon and put protestors in danger.less than a minute ago via web

"Because of the difficulty in properly translating Arabic town-names into English, reports including latitude and longitude data are preferred," the map page says. The video below explains how to gather the coordinates data to submit it: 

A couple other noteworthy tweets from @Arasmus:

Help save lives in #Libya. Send link to this map to the Twitter accounts of individual journalists around world. #feb17less than a minute ago via web

So much terrible violence and suffering. Trying to think of something better, like smiles.less than a minute ago via web

Arasmus also puts out a "daily" using

(via: Wired)