Twitter Location Information

By default Twitter disables location information.

Twitter users can opt in by selecting "Add a location to your Tweets" on their Settings page.

The content of twitter.place.place_type is blank unless they opt in. Further, users choose on a Tweet-by-Tweet basis whether to include place information.

Once users have opted in, they must select a location known to Twitter. Based on the user's selection, Twitter includes additional information such as:

  • The type of the location (such as city)
  • The country
  • The 2-character country code

Note that Twitter performs no verification on this field so users are not forced to enter accurate information. A user in New York City is free to enter Edinburgh, Scotland as their location.