#uksnow Twitter Animation - Google Earth 5
A much more significant event than the release of Google Earth 5.0 yesterday was the fact the much of Britain (particularly S. England) was covered by a sprinkling of snow.
As a knock-on of this there’s been a large amount of media buzz about the use of Twitter as a mob-sourced geo-mashup generator to show snowfall.
Twitter users have been posting the first half of their postcode, plus the amount of snow in their location. 0 = no snow, 10 = bucket loads. ie: “#uksnow W12 9/10″
Developers have been mashing-up that data. Check out Ben Marsh’s neat, live Google Map mashup of this: #uksnow TweetsNow that the flurry (sorry) of activity has died down, I’ve trawled the Twitter API for the past few days of #uksnow hash tags (2200 so far) and put them into a KML time animation tailored to run in Google Earth 5:
#uksnow Tweet Timeline (40kB)
Download the kml file, and use the time slider at the top left of the screen to play it back.
Couple of new techy things to notice if you have the new Google Earth version.
- I’ve used the KML gx:TimeSpan element in my Document level lookAt so that by default the time slider displays one hours worth of Tweets. Notice how GE flys back in time after the KML loads.
- The icons expanding and contracting during playback is a built-in feature of the new version of GE.
- Visualizing Twitter Activity Inside the Google Earth Plugin
- When two satellites collide, in Google Earth