You have a lot of followers in Twitter, but do you know where on the globe your virtual friends are?

You can now easily find out using TweepsMap - a new tool launched under Microsoft's BizSpark initiative. TweepsMap first asks your permission to access your twitter account and once you grants access, it analyzes your followers to generate a map showing where they are located based on country, state or city.

The result is shown as a color-coded map with Twitter birds spread across it showing the number of followers in different locations. Red birds represent the largest number of followers, and yellow represents the second largest number. If you are in a mood for some bragging, there is also a Google Maps powered widget to add the map to your blog or website. Here's the tweepsmap of skipser -

You can also see the results as a nice table as well -

Knowing where your followers are located can be used to drastically increase the popularity of your tweets. Suppose most of your followers are from the US, and you are located half way round the globe. Chances are most of your good tweets during the day would go un-noticed by a large part of your followers who are simply snuggled up in bed.

But if you choose to tweet those good ones again when they are awake, which could be just before you are heading for your bed, a good part of these followers will actually notice your tweets.

Although not a life-saver for a casual user, TweepsMap still is a fun-tool to check out where your followers are from. Since most twitter users (less than 10%) usually keep their locations accurate, the listing based on states or cities might not give you a true picture. But still, the country wise distribution should be fairly accurate.

What’s nice about TweepsMap is that it doesn’t store the twitter access token and once you close the app website, the authorization token is deleted and your session expires automatically.