Turn Your Social Wall Into a Social Map

Try the Social Wall Map Layout

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social wall map showing a Tweet

Global social media interaction? Try our social wall map layout!

If you’re wondering how to display social media interactions from around the world in a social media hub, our map layout is a perfect solution! We developed a customizable map for your social wall that shows posts in the location they were posted.

Create a social wall map!

Map Styles and Customisation Options

The map layout is available in 6 different styles that determine the look of the map itself. You can choose the map style in your wall’s design settings.

Screeenshot of the walls.io app design tab showing the map layout, the social wall display options, logo, color scheme settings and the available map styles.

You can choose between the following map styles:

The basis for the map styles is Snazzy Maps, a source for community-built map styles for Google Maps.

Like with all other layouts, you can, of course, customize your color scheme to your heart’s content. Change the color of your header, your background, or your tiles, and, of course, you can still customize your wall with CSS snippets.

A live social wall map looks like this

Whether you embed it on your website or display it at a live event, at your school or office, the map is entertaining and fun.

The Map layout is available for all Walls.io Pro and Premium accounts.

How to Make Sure Posts Show up on Your Map Wall

For posts to show up at specific locations on a social wall using the map layout, the posts have to include geographical information. Currently, the majority of posts don’t contain geolocation — simply because, as a matter of safety, social networks don’t query this kind of information automatically. Users have to activate this, and most don’t turn geolocation on for their posts.

We have a way to remedy the geolocation issue with tweets, at least. Contrary to other networks, Twitter has a location field in user profiles. If someone has specified their location in their profile, we can automatically geocode this.

If someone has their profile location set to their hometown but posts tweets that aren’t geocoded from a holiday in New York, their NYC photo will be wrongly mapped to their hometown.

Make it a part of your campaign to ask users to enter their location whenever this is possible, either by disclosing their location in their user profile (Twitter only) or by using the geolocation button for tweets and Facebook posts. Unfortunately, the Instagram API does not provide any geolocation information. Your social wall map will not display any content from Instagram.

Here are some examples from the #IChoseUMich campaign where users have activated geolocation for their posts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook:

Examples for posts containing geolocation data on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

We hope you enjoy the Walls.io map layout. If you’ve got any favorites from Snazzy Maps that you’d just love to see implemented for the map layout, let us know!