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"Great Ideas are Obvious in Retrospect."

February 28, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Ideas and Adoption

The title of this post is a line from a Medium post that Biz Stone wrote back in August 2012. For those of you who might not know, Biz Stone is one of the cofounders of Twitter, as well as the cofounder of something called The Obvious Corporation.[read more]

Twitter in Talks to Take Quarter of Space at 51 Astor Place

December 1, 2013 by Stephen Del Percio

New Offices for Twitter


After its successful IPO a couple of weeks ago, Twitter is in the news again with reports that the microblogging site is close to leasing nearly 100,000 square feet at Edward Minskoff’s Fumihiko Maki-designed, LEED Gold-hopeful 51 Astor Place.[read more]

How Social Media Gives a Voice to the Informal City

October 28, 2013 by This Big City

Social Media and Brazil

According to the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics (IBOPE), 76% of Brazil’s internet users access social media networks. That means almost 78 million Brazilians currently use these communication tools, and in the nation’s slums it is no different.[read more]

How Twitter Gentrified a City Intersection

June 18, 2012 by Ari Herzog

The above photograph was uploaded to a Google Maps server in June 2009.The below photograph was taken last month and shows the same parking lot but instead of different advertisers on the billboard and mural, Molson M blends digital art with traditional advertising. You will also notice a block of small print toward the bottom.Designed...[read more]

Futuristic Technologies, Backwards Cities

February 7, 2012 by Tony Chavira

Why it's easy to be social online and difficult being social in our city spaces.[read more]

Could Twitter Help Us Create Smarter Transit?

January 25, 2012 by Jack Mason

Could Twitter Help Us Create Smarter Transit Routes? “Traditional city maps visualize just one aspect of urban design—the city’s intended structure, full stop. But add in a layer that visualizes how people actually use the city, and then the map becomes much more interesting. Eric Fischer did exactly that when he used Twitter’s...[read more]

Observations From 100 Posts: We Want To Feel Connection

November 30, 2011 by Kate Gallery

November 30, 2011, Washington, DC: This morning marks a milestone: My 100th blog post. Not only have I made it this far, but the list of ideas for future posts is longer than ever. Funny what happens when you dip a toe in the water. What have I learned through the course of 100 posts? Have there been many surprises? Unexpected challenges or observations? Several of you have asked. Read on for lessons and reflections 100 posts in. (Then come back for blog post 101.)[read more]

#Earth2Chat - Asian Megacities Must Be Sustainable

October 27, 2011 by This Big City

Last week, the This Big City and Earth2Hub teams co-hosted the very first #Earth2Chat on Twitter. As it was Urban Asia week on This Big City, we were discussing sustainability in Asian cities, and despite the frenetic pace of questions and answers, we kept track of our favourite moments. And here they are! As with every debate on...[read more]

IBM: Does Your City Lead In Innovative Thinking?

Photo by Thorsten Becker.Is your city a leader in innovative thinking?  Did you catch yesterday’s Twitter chat on what it takes to be a smarter city? To promote its 2012 Smarter Cities Challenge, IBM hosted a discussion with Stanley S. Litow, IBM’s vice president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs and president of IBM’s...[read more]

Trendsmap Paints Twitter Maps

October 17, 2011 by Fabian Neuhaus

Twitter data is becoming a new rawmaterial for representing cities. Visualisations are being produced frequently. The latest addition comes from Trendsmap the online platform visualising emerging Twitter trends. The guys have produced visualisations for a number of cities from around the world plotting locations of georeferenced tweets....[read more]

Using Twitter to Encourage Engagement in Urban History

September 1, 2011 by This Big City

You’ve all seen them, the plaques with years on them displayed around your city. They commemorate people, places or events that are import to the history of the city. Maybe you even stop to read them. Most likely you take them for granted and walk right by. How do we get people to really engage with these signposts of the city’s history...[read more]

New City Landscape - Seoul

April 11, 2011 by Fabian Neuhaus

Seoul is the capital and largest city of South Korea. A megacity with a population of over 10 million, it is one of the largest cities in the world. Seoul proper is noted for its population density, which is almost twice as concentrated as New York and eight times greater than Rome, though slightly less than that of Paris. The use of...[read more]