Using Social Media to #tag @your Map

Wondering what people are talking about in an area?  Would it be a nice addition to the data on your map?  We’ve got you covered!

Social Media Template

With the Social Media template, your web app can display what people are saying through location-based social media (Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube).  Mapping social data provides insight into what people are saying and where they are saying it.  Here’s an example of a Social Media Web Map that displays up-to-date, keyword-targeted social media points on a map using the hash-tag and keyword “iphone5″.  Social media points are rendered client-side and can be displayed as clusters of points or as a density heat-map.

Heatmap example

Like other ArcGIS Online templates, you can customize the template as a hosted version or download the code and tweak it to your heart’s content.  Once you’re in the app, you can customize the view by changing the extent, social keywords, and active layers.  Then, it can be embedded in a webpage or sent as a link, with all your changes in the URL.

Sharing your map

The Social Media template takes advantage of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, HTML5 features, and CSS3 goodness.  The new template contains enhancements beyond the previous Public Information Map template. With the ready-to-use basemap widget, a clean new interface, internationalization support, customizable social media layers, an operational layer menu, a legend for your map’s data and less code, the Social Media template has it all.

Get started by downloading the code or making a hosted web application from the share menu on ArcGIS Online and selecting the Social Media template. See the readme.html for instructions on running the template on your web server and all the customizable options.

We welcome your feedback and comments.

Hashtags are more fun on a map!

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18 Comments

  1. jesterjace says:

    Is there any way to add FaceBook to the app?

  2. geoinformacao says:

    This template is very good.

    Matt. In the next version of the template I recommend show the Foursquare´s Check-ins. Is very simple.

    This is my sample –

  3. geoinformacao says:

    This template is very good.

    Matt. In the next version of the template I recommend show the Foursquare´s Check-ins. Is very simple.

    This is my sample – http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=8230778390e44ad69cd8a1f09d9e1134

  4. jcmeyer says:

    very good lightweight template – best i’ve seen yet on ArcGIS online ! easily configurable for non-social media apps too! great stuff.

  5. timw1984 says:

    Great App!

    What I have noticed is when you deal with a lot of layers, it will cut them off in the “Operational Layer” Menu. Is there a way to make that menu behave like the legend menu, meaning a smaller box but it has a scroll bar?

    Thanks!

  6. pdelaney says:

    Are we able to consume any of these services within the Flex viewer?

  7. simonlee1314 says:

    Can you post the code for the heatmap sample from this year’s User Conference in San Diego? I remember during one of the JavaScript sessions someone showed a demo with a heatmap over time and I was hoping to see the code.

  8. harmen_vandoorn says:

    The map is cool. But it does not display many Tweets (mostly around 35). How come? Could there be a solution for that?

  9. Paul Doherty says:

    Pdelaney – You can find a few Twitter Flex samples on ArcGIS Online just by searching. Here is one by Andy Gupp I just came across: http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=5f3bf5febd9e4a1d8cf92b15c75b9e41.

  10. trmluu says:

    App is great. Just would like to suggest adding Google+ as well?