Watch Twitter explode along with Ferguson

August 14, 2014

Riot police clear a street with smoke bombs while clashing with demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri August 13, 2014. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

As events continue to unfold in Ferguson, Mo., some have pointed out that the reaction to the violence has played out primarily on Twitter, with Facebook being relatively slow to catch onto the news. As of Thursday, some 6 million tweets have been sent about the death of Michael Brown at the hands of police and the aftermath of those events. (By comparison, 4.9 million tweets were sent during the USA vs. Ghana match in the World Cup.)

Now Twitter's completed its analysis of all geotagged tweets mentioning Ferguson, and plotted them on a map. Here's what that looks like in the United States, with the peak hitting at just around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night, after the detention of two national reporters, including the Washington Post's Wesley Lowery.


You can see the map for yourself here.

Over in Europe, it was a bit of a slower burn, but the peak was reflected there, too — particularly in the United Kingdom.


People are watching from as far away as Fiji and Ghana. That's the world we live in now.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecom, broadband and digital politics. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.
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