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Photos of Locations Where Geotagged Tweets Were Sent

Creeper

The photograph above shows the location where the following Tweet was posted:

Love hiding in the back at work because I have a 35 year old creeper. #scared #help

It’s one of the photos in a project titled Geolocation: tributes to the Data stream, by photographers Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman. Each image in the series shows the location were a particular geotagged Twitter Tweet was posted.

Larson and Shindelman simply found various Tweets through random Twitter updates using the publicly-available GPS data attached to the message. They write,

Each of these photographs is taken on the site of the update and paired with the originating text. We imagine ourselves as virtual flâneurs, ethnographers of the Internet, exploring cities 140 characters at a time through the lives of others.

With over 340 million tweets and 800 million Facebook status updates per day, there is a new level of digital noise [...] Our act of making a photograph anchors and
memorializes online data while examining the expectations of privacy surrounding social networks.

The entire project includes over 250 photos captured in the United States and the UK, from the East Coast to the West Coast, and various cities in between.

Amy is Dying  @HighlandHospital

Amy is Dying  @HighlandHospital

Tell me I'm not making a mistake. Tell me you’re worth the wait. #fb

Tell me I’m not making a mistake. Tell me you’re worth the wait. #fb

If i make it through this flight without vomiting, i swear to the Mayans i'll be a better person from now on.

If i make it through this flight without vomiting, i swear to the Mayans i’ll be a better person from now on.

Love sitting at work seeing multiple groups of soldiers coming home for the holidays. No one deserves it more than them

Love sitting at work seeing multiple groups of soldiers coming home for the holidays. No one deserves it more than them

Well. I just got laid off. Despite the raise, I had a sneaking suspicion there was no money. And yep, I was right. I knew something was off.

Well. I just got laid off. Despite the raise, I had a sneaking suspicion there was no money. And yep, I was right. I knew something was off.

Cars are nothing but money pigs #hateit #waitingsucks #impoor

Cars are nothing but money pigs #hateit #waitingsucks #impoor

Two years ago today I lost my Dad...time sure flies! I miss you Dad. #RIP

Two years ago today I lost my Dad…time sure flies! I miss you Dad. #RIP

i just put on that location thing for Twitter. i'm not sure how i feel about it though.

i just put on that location thing for Twitter. i’m not sure how i feel about it though.

I wonder if I can leave work early since my boss not here lol ... hmmm ...<- bubble cloud "hmmmm"

I wonder if I can leave work early since my boss not here lol … hmmm …<- bubble cloud "hmmmm"

Mark 3:1-6. What's Jesus want to whisper in your ear tonight?

Mark 3:1-6. What’s Jesus want to whisper in your ear tonight?

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart.  It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.Love it!!!

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.Love it!!!

Pretty sure I just heard a gun shot lol

Pretty sure I just heard a gun shot lol

#HowToKeepARelationshipWithMe don't hide our relationship

#HowToKeepARelationshipWithMe don’t hide our relationship

You can find more photos from this series over on the photographers’ website.

Geolocation by Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman (via Wired)


Image credits: Photographs by Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman and used with permission


 
 
  • DamianM

    Great Concept

    Marrying text with Photography in a different manner.

  • http://twitter.com/MattCohen_ The Great Mattsby

    I love this, fantastic idea.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ckent Christian Kent

    Yep sure. And you’re right. But it’s not clear if you understand the danger that’s going on:

    These photos all have a geotag — but the author of this website is not giving it to you, out of respect for privacy. However the embarrassing & trouble-causing data is in the public domain.

  • J

    That’s ridiculous! Random photography of anything with captions we don’t even know if they’re real? I could do that too: take a picture of any boring spot and add some meaningless comment to it. Who has time, really, to find a tweet, go to the location, take a picture and post about it?! REALLY?

  • Bob

    The ‘danger’ already happened: And as long as people are stupid/naive/careless/exhibitionists that post their everyday minutiae on twitter for the entire world to see, it will keep on happening. The fact that there is some geotagging gadget, is just the cherry on top of the sundae.

  • Roy

    I didn’t read the entire project description, but does it say somewhere that they took these pictures themselves? Or that the tweet preceded the photo?

    Perhaps they just combined a collection of pre-existing pictures with a set of geotagged tweets. It’s quite feasible to automate that process and write a script that scours Twitter and Flickr (for example) to churn out photo/tweet combos such as these.

    Just musing. :-)

  • DamianM

    True on Bobs Part.
    The danger has passed and we are left with these banal locations in which nothing extraordinary is occurring.

  • DamianM

    Yeah anyone can do anything if you take your time to do so.
    But the photographers idea is clear on how we respond to an image with a caption/text/twitter.

    Keep screaming, its okay that you don’t understand it.