Info Tech

In a followup to my last post on efforts to map the news, comes a Slashdot post about Buzztracker.

A neat project called has been mining Google News for over a year and keeping track of relationships between geographic locations mentioned in articles. The results are some really cool maps that actually seem to reflect the buzz” of the day — check out the Vatican clusters from earlier this month, or the global New Year’s chatter. You can also dig down into the articles from which the maps were generated.”

Here’s a picture:


I really like how this site is done. It is almost exactly how I dreamed such a site should be — except for the failure to categorize the news. Since they are drawing from Google News, they should be able to distinguish politics from sports, etc.

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