Much of what attracts supporters of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign to the Twitter-based effort, as I wrote earlier this week, is the platform’s ability to forge an international community around the issue very rapidly.
But how do we know if that community actually exists, or what its scope is?
Time magazine posted a visually compelling map that shows how the campaign has grown. The map uses geotagged tweets of #BringBackOurGirls on the digital mapping took CartoDB to display tweet locations over time, beginning with April 23 (hat tip TechChange)
The zoom feature of the map has a very impressive resolution, so I encourage you to play around with it given how there’s no real sense of scale for the dots in the map. Even with that flaw, though, the map reinforces the argument that campaign supporters have made for a large community of activists emerging around this event not only in Nigeria, but in the U.K., South Africa, the United States and even Australia. Showing it visually makes proving that point much, much easier.