So far, 2013 has been the year of expansion for Twitter, both from geographic extension and company acquisitions. Roughly 8% of the world’s population is now on Twitter, and Silicon Graphics International (SGI) along with the University of Illinois and social media vendor GNIP combined forces to map this Global Twitter usage. From this partnership, some extreme visualizations have been created that show Twitter hotbeds, communication paths and more data that you can shake a stick at.
The map below shows overall global Twitter usage. To no surprise the US, Europe and Japan were the hottest points on the map.
One of the most interesting visualizations was this graphic that shows users who retweeted each other. See SGI for a higher res version.
Additional maps include the most retweeted cities, distribution of news, average followers and more.