The fusion of Social Media channels such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube with web maps opens up some exciting possibilities. The session I presented at Ozri earlier today on Social Media & Maps explored some of the opportunities this brings, and the challenges that come with them.
After pausing to consider what we actually mean by Social Media, and what it is in terms of a source of data, we looked at some real-world examples where Tweets, YouTube videos and images from Flickr have been incorporated in to public facing web mapping applications. The apps in this category that have had the highest visibility have tended to be focused on response to emergencies or disasters, and for good reason. However the scope for this blend of unstructured and structured data is wider than that.