Tampa planners, Carnegie Mellon researchers look for social hot spots

The two are teaming up for a project to analyze social media data that tags places its users visit — the coffee shop, the gym, a ballgame, a nightclub.
“As a planner, any time you can find a source of information about how people are interacting with the urban environment, it becomes an interesting piece of data to look at,” said Randy Goers, Tampa’s urban planning coordinator.
Or, as Mayor Bob Buckhorn says, “more data is better for us.”
The initiative got its start last year when city planners began looking at data from Foursquare, a free application that allows mobile phone users to let others know about the places they go.