Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

What's up, El Paso?

Written by Albert "White Hat" Sharkis
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For some reason, I seem to be obsessed with the question of where to go out.
A few years ago, I was part of a team trying to develop a social event network, The Wurde. The Wurde was supposed to be a site/app where you could log in and see where your friends were going out, as well as where the rest of the world was headed that night. Didn't work out, obviously.
For some reason, the question remained in my head, and I tried to implement this again as part of another project last year (or this year, can't remember which). Well, that didn't pan out either. What I didn't realize is no one wants to be part of another website unless they have a really good reason, and answering my question wasn't good enough, even with Facebook Login to make it easier to access.
Well, I've decided to skip your interaction while at the same time including you in the process. Using APIs from well known networks, I've compiled a huge list of social media posts and either used geo-tagged information or an advanced searching algorithm to determine where everyone is going out. And here's the result:

It appears the area by the university is by far the most popular, followed by the Eastside near Zaragoza and Montwood. My next steps are to integrate more networks, then I'll add some controls so we can see how this information changes over time.
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