Internet/tech Archive:

Gartner regularly maps out technology markets’ competitiveness – with one quadrant on their chart being “magic”. Well, this time they’ve mapped out Magicians. Thanks to Linda Smith for the link!


$480 million of revenue. Each box is a Groupon deal. The colors identify the city. Width (price) times height (number sold) equals area (revenue). Roll over any deal to see what it was for — lots of weird stuff in there.


Yahoo labs examined over 40 million likes on 45 different news/blog sites to see what people are interested in. The most popular article: “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior”; “New Zodiac Signs” was #2. Yes, this means our civilization is doomed, but in the meantime there are some interesting findings about articles’ social popularity and lifespans, and recommendations for more efficient social marketing (barf). Below are word clouds for the New York Times and Engadget – colors indicate how many likes the word received, size indicates how many articles the word appeared in. They have similar clouds for 27 different sites. (via Data Pointed)

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Chart of average article social lifespans:


A detailed network diagram of twitter connections related to the pro-democracy movement, though it’s not made clear what inclusion criteria were used.image

A friend posts that they are pregnant, what should your comment be?



Daniel Huffman filtered 1.5 million tweets from March and April 2010 and mapped the rate of profanity across America. (via; note: the link below is to a 12mb pdf file)


It’s surprising to me how often the organizations who create the data are so rarely the ones who take the time to visualize it properly <cough! US Government Cough!>. However in the below example TV habit watchdog nielsen has done a fine job of summing up the television and mobile phone markets. (via)


A very cool look at the cost and popularity of gadgets since the 1980s – covering phones, computers, TV, video, and audio. You can clearly see the “digital revolution” start around 2000, killing off earlier technologies; it’s also interesting to see the cost of any gizmo fall over time (the circles get smaller). By Alicia Parlapiano for the Washington post. (related article)

Chart of personal communication technology from 1980 to 2010Chart of gadget popularity and cost over time

I usually try to avoid Facebook/Twitter infographics because 1) there are too damn many of them; 2) they don’t convey much information; and 3) most of them are badly designed.  The one below manages to convey some very interesting comparative information, but I can’t help but think it could be better. Perhaps separating out each indicator so they can be compared side by side instead of constantly jumping back and forth between the two circles? Is this a good example of how graphic designers have to choose between aesthetics and ease of use? Anyone want to take a crack at a do-over?

two badly designed arc graphics comparing twitter and facebook users

Forget all those “TOP TEN” lists, this pretty much sums up 2010 for me. (via)

Joke map: Bermuda triangle of producitivity

Based on Pew Internet’s 2010 Generations report. (via; Thanks to Rebecca Southers for the link)

What different generations use the internet for based on survey image

I suppose we should prepare ourselves for the inevitable deluge of “end of decade” infographics. The below are from Time Magazine (which also has already compiled 40+ 2010 top ten lists – ick.)

graphic 2000 decade economic indicators annotated

2000 2010 changes in some indicators internet prices