Friday, January 25, 2013

Locating Tweets IRL

Locating Tweets IRL

"Geolocation" is a fascinating project by photographers Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman who use publicly available metadata in Twitter posts  (hastags,etc...) to approximate the locations of random people's tweets, photograph near the location and post the tweet below the photo. 

It's meant to examine the social media bubble that many people think that they are in, that often, we fall into a fog of thinking that our online musings are not known beyond our own circle of online "friends" or "followers".
Alternatively, sometimes we forget that those disembodied texts, tweets, and status updates originate from a flesh and blood person and physical space (disregarding "bots", of course).

There are also connections to the familiar pathos of feeling alone in a crowd of people, that your particular set of worries, anger, happiness, etc... is unique and that no one else around us physically could possibly understand since we don't have any known connection with them. The photo/tweet combination seems to serve as a great reminder of how differently we interact with each other and how we see others through their musings online and through our devices.
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