Where people swear most on Twitter, in one interactive map

November 6, 2013

Twitter users aren’t exactly renowned for their grammar or good manners. Now a computer science student has mapped precisely how potty-mouthed our tweets are.


Fbomb.co, a project by Carleton University junior Martin Gingras, is a (very literal) real-time map of where in the world people are dropping "the f-bomb" on Twitter. The map pulls from the public Twitter API and uses geocoded data to plot a bomb signpost on the map every time someone uses the curse word. An accompanying Twitter feed also “sporadically retweets” the messages that make the map.

F-bombs, for the record, fall mostly where you’d expect -- in countries that speak English, like the U.S. and Britain (Canada and Australia, for whatever reason, seem to swear a lot less.) More interesting is the timing of the tweets: When I opened Fbomb.co this morning, the map was nearly empty -- but as of 5:20 p.m., the East Coast, as well as Ireland and England, were peppered with profane tweets. That lines up well with a 2010 study from Northeastern University, which found weekdays between the hours of noon and 6 p.m. were among the most miserable for U.S. Twitter users.

Sounds like some people had pretty bad f-ing Tuesdays. View the full map here.

Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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