Tracking Tweets of Pro-Geospatial Article in Harvard Business Review
Kirk Goldsberry, probably best known as the guy who makes the maps of baseketball courts and shots missed to many of us, is a an assistant professor of Geography at Michigan State University. He's currently serving as a visiting scholar at the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis. On September 30th, his blog post The Importance of Spatial Thinking Now appeared at the Harvard Business Review. I saw a link to it on Twitter that day, read it and decided not to retweet it. It was a good article, but not news to our community. I wonder how many more times I'd see it my Twitter stream and in social media I read to produce this blog. The answer: quite a few.
I often feel we geographers/GIS users speak to ourselves. So I wondered: How many people who tweeted the article are in geography/GIS?
You can have a look for yourself at a query on Topsy of who tweeted that URL. I certainly recognized many of the 643 people who tweeted it. Some 33 of those are considered "influential" tweeters.
I will note that as of my writing this Goldsberry's post had the second most comments (15, the top one had 39) of any HBR blog post that day (7 posts). But how did it do compared to how many times other blog posts that day were tweeted?
643 total / 33 by influential tweeters (Goldsberry)
In short, the post seems to be doing quite well. We might add it to our list of links to reference when making a case for spatial thinking to our peers in the field and more importantly to those on the outside.