Somehow I'm on TechRepublic's mailing list. A blog entry lists the top 140 tech experts on Twitter. There seemed to be a lot of Americans there, so I thought I'd find out.
- 1. Extract the list from the blog HTML and cache in the database
- 2. Parse the entries in the list, and for each:
- 2.1 Use the twitter address to fetch the home page (at 01:00 UTC on 9th March)
2.2 Parse the page to get the location and numbers of followers and following .
2.3 Use Google Geocoder API to convert the location to lat / long
2.4 Store in the database
Yep, all but 3 in the USA
Only UK name I recognise : Jack Schofield (#100)
Guy Kawasaki follows the most (240,262)
Pete Cashmore is most followed (1,972,609)