I am just doing the last touches on an academic paper I have been working on for the last couple of weeks and which I will submit for publication in an academic journal very shortly. The topic of this paper is Educational Social Networking and once published I will share with you the download link However while working on this paper and because Twitter has taken the lion shaper in it , I have been sifting through a lot of resources on Twitter and accidently cam across these two wonderful Twitter tools from Google Maps Mania . Check them out below
Twaps is a combination of Twitter and Google Maps. This tool allows you to keep track of what people are talking about in a specific area or location. It is very easy and simple to use, you can either use the search box to search for what is trending in Twitter in a certain place or you can share your place with the app and it will automatically provide you with the tweets being shared around your location in real time.
Twitterfall also integrates Google Maps and is basically " a map visualisation of real-time geolocated tweets being made around the world."This is how it works: when you fist access it you will see map markers falling down all over the map. Those markers represent tweets that are being shared in real time in places where the markers fall down. In this way you will have an idea of the Twitter activity all around the world.
Don't forget to check out Twitter Tools section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning for more resources on Twitter.