If you didn’t know, this last weekend was the 88th Academy Awards Ceremony (aka: the Oscars). Amongst the red carpet, questionable comedic monologues, and Kate Winslet crying when Leonardo DiCaprio won his Oscar, the Twitter-verse exploded with tweets and hashtags regarding the #Oscars.
Twitter utilized a GIS application to take this amalgamation of tweets and turn them into an interactive map. Their maps are sectioned by state, allowing anyone interested to compare #Oscar opinions on a state-by-state basis. You can search based on Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Support Actor, Supporting Actress, or Animated Film, seeing who or what was the most (or least) tweeted about in each state.
For example, the map below shows the most tweeted about movie vs. the second most tweeted about movie; by using the GIS map, data-lovers are given a visually dynamic representation, showing that the Best Picture pick was mostly unanimous amongst tweeters, but second place for Best Picture was a hotly contested issue.
The maps also allow for an easy comparison between states, giving a more in depth side-by-side view of state vs. state opinions; clearly Illinois and Massachusetts had largely differing interests in the top movie picks for the #Oscars.
Although tweets don’t actually influence the Academy Awards, tweet-count was highly indicative of the actual winners (and losers) of the 2016 Oscars, making the GIS maps extremely useful for any avid movie connoisseurs out there.