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IDG Contributor Network: Twitter location data reveals users' homes, workplaces

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    Geographic location stamps transmitted in tweets can provide enough information for people to deduce where a Twitter user lives and works, say researchers.

    The deduction occurs through the clustering of the posting locations. The assemblage provides location patterns that provide a good guess as to where the poster spends most of his or her time.

    When that’s coupled with other data, such as the time of day, non-scientists recruited for the study simply picked out the homes and workplaces of the tweeters, said researchers from MIT and Oxford University in a press release.

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