World War 2 was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries.
It was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 million to 85 million fatalities*, and lasted from 1939 to 1945.
From 2017 and for the next 6 years, @RealTimeWWII will be live tweeting the Second World War as it happened.
Thanks to the efforts of @RealTimeWWII and modern WebGL 3D browser technology, we're able to aggregate these live tweets on to a 3D globe.
This is an ever evolving project, and from now until 2023 the number of tweets aggregated onto this globe will increase as more and more
tweets are published onto the @RealTimeWWII twitter feed.
* Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II)
I'd like to reiterate how grateful we are to @RealTimeWWII, not only for allowing us to aggregate the tweets into this format, but also for
creating such a rich source of data. The huge amount of tweets you see in this globe have each been timestamped and geolocated by them, and
this project would simply have not been possible without the efforts of Alwyn Collinson and @RealTimeWWII
Directions For Use
There are a number of ways to explore the live tweets. You can navigate through time by clicking and dragging the bar at the bottom of your browser
window or using your left and right arrow keys. Once you've selected your date, you can navigate around the globe by clicking and dragging the Earth.
Clicking on a marker will show the live tweets from that day in the location specified, and scrolling your mouse wheel will zoom you inwards, or outwards.
You can also use your tab key to move between tweets once you have selected a date.
This intention for the WWII globe is to provide a more interactive way to explore the global happenings of the Second World War.
We hope that by sharing this experience we can help to show just how large an impact the Second World War had across the globe.