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  1. Tuesday July 12, 2011 Geo-Capabilities in common social media APIs Shawn Simpson and Bronwyn Agrios

  2. Think about… • GIS • A tool for examining geographic knowledge to better understand our world. • Social Media • Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, etc… • Another source of geographic data • Social Media content displayed on a GIS map • A unique application of GIS that provides another means to better understand our world

  3. Mapping Social Media | Examples • Middle East Protests Map • US Flood Map • US Wildfires Map • Libya Unrest Map • Public Information Map • ArcGIS Online

  4. Mapping Social Media | The Social Media APIs • Twitter Search API • YouTube Data API • Flickr API: flickr.photos.search method

  5. Mapping Social Media | Twitter • Twitter Search API • http://search.twitter.com/search.format • Parameters • q • geocode • page • rrp

  6. Mapping Social Media | YouTube • YouTube Data API • https://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos • Parameters • q • location • location-radius • time

  7. Mapping Social Media | Flickr • Flickr API: flickr.photos.search method • http://api.flickr.com/services/rest/?method=flickr.photos.search • Arguments

  8. Mapping Social Media | Lessons Learned • Mashing up social media content can be tricky • You never know what you are going to get • Know how to get the most from your request • Things can change at any time • Know your rights! • “Enhance your calm”

  9. Mapping Social Media | Other APIs • Facebook • Four Squared – user generated POI database (Venues) • Twitter Trending API/Twitter Streaming API • Gnip

  10. Session evaluation http://www.esri.com/sessionevals