On any given day, could you say where the most photographs where being snapped around the world? It would be hard to say, except with this new visualization. Using data from around the web, including a healthy dose of imagery from flickr, Triposo has put together a world map that literally flickers with photographic activity. Different countries light up according to their most significant holidays, events and seasons. [Read more...]
Foursquare, the app and web giant designed to help you and your friends keep tabs on each other, is celebrating its one billionth check-in. As self-described “data nerds” and to mark the occasion, they put together this interesting graphic displaying a world map with check-ins throughout the day. Each type of check-in, from food to nightlife is detailed, clearly showing where people prefer to go throughout the day. [Read more...]
Shaping a squeaky clean map of the world using just place names to define boundaries, Chartis Graphein’s poster over at Design Ahoy is really well done. The letterpress print has embossed longitude and latitude lines, adding to the many subtle details of the surprisingly information rich map. It’s the perfect way to memorize all those places you’ve been dying to visit. Find the 20 by 29 inch print available through Design Ahoy’s Etsy store.
What does the communication pattern of 500 million Facebook users look like? Intern Paul Butler from Facebook’s data infrastructure engineering team hit upon some interesting geographical data he wasn’t expecting. Starting with a blank image, Butler used a sample of 10 million users from Facebook’s data warehouse and used the powerful R project to plot each user’s location by longitude and latitude. He then added the locations of each user’s friends and connected them with various weighted arcs of light based on the distance between friends and the quantity of other relationships between others from the same city-to-city connection. As he performed what he called his ‘sanity test’ a rough outline of the globe was apparent. Countries and political borders popped into view… but more interestingly, the world of social connections and borders was visible.