Since Twitter feeds were able to be aggregated on Google Maps, there have been Web sites that published all sorts of geographic representations of the things we say. But one of the more recent goes to greater length to determine just how racist and homophobic parts of the country are. Not surprisingly to folks around here, Houston fared pretty well.
Geography of Hate map based on tweets across the country.
The Geography of Hate map, is according to the Web site, part of a project to identify "geographic origins of online hate speech." Twitter's location feature makes this particularly easy and, as you can see from the above map, gives researchers a chance to zero in or specific hotspots.
The study looked for specific racial and gay slurs (disability slurs as well) between June 2012 and April 2013, more than 150,000 tweets total. But before the tweets were labeled as "hate speech," students read through every one of them and assigned a value of positive, negative or neutral. Only tweets given a negative rating were added to the list.More »