London, Jan 12 (IBNS) Researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute are analysing geotagged tweets to see what they tell us about the material, offline world. As a fun side project, they have created a Twitter map to find out where football fans of different clubs actually live.
The data used include all geocoded tweets mentioning any of the Premier League football teams and their associated hashtags (e.g., #MUFC) that were sent between 18 August and 19 December 2012. The tweets were then aggregated to postal codes in order to see a fairly fine-grained geography of results.
The Twitter map explodes the myth that Manchester United fans do not live in Manchester, showing there is the historical east/west split between fans in Manchester who support Manchester United and those who support Manchester City.
It also demonstrates that United do not have huge waves of support in London and the south east - a conclusion that overturns commonly held perceptions.