The Geography of Tweets - Every Geotagged Tweet Since 2009 Mapped Home / Maps / The Geography of Tweets – Every Geotagged Tweet Since 2009 Mapped My first impression… wow. Every single geotagged tweet since 2009 was mapped by Visual Insights team at Twitter. Every dot represents a tweet, with the brighter colours showing a higher concentration of tweets. It’s truly amazing that it’s enough data to map the whole world. These are just tweets no other data layers…
What are Google's 200 Ranking Factors? When working on SEO campaigns and projects to improve the visibility of websites in search engines, it is essential that every person involved in the project is fully aware of every aspect that affects and impacts how Google perceives your site and then ranks your website in its search engine. “Why aren’t we on page 1 yet?” It is the duty of any digital marketer to fully understand each ranking factor prior to getting involved in an SEO project. Why?
Cross-browser fingerprinting test 2.0 While we browse the web, most web pages have an interest in observing our behaviour in order to achieve certain business benefits. Read more » For example, they would like to know what kind of content the visitor is interested in, and, more specifically, what to recommend to a user who has already downloaded certain page(s) (e.g. article(s)). Therefore, vaguely knowing users’ areas of interest is often insufficient; most web pages will be interested in the entire course of a visit, and, in the case of returning visitors, they want to know the whole browsing history, too. In order to pull this off, the web server needs to store a personal 'file' about each user, and must be able to identify returning visitors.However, there are certain technical restrictions to such activities, and therefore newer and newer techniques are invented to identify and profile users. For some of these – such as web bugs – it is indispensable to store an identifier on the user’s computer.
[Impressive Dataviz] Reshaping New York - Interactive Feature Loading Celebrating the Waterfront New buildings constructed during Mr. Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools Full course description This free five-module online introductory course gives you the essential concepts, techniques, and skills to effectively work with data and produce compelling data stories under tight deadlines. Comprised of video lectures, tutorials, assignments, readings, and discussion forums, this course is open to anyone in the world with an Internet connection who wants to tell stories with data. Our media environment is increasingly saturated with data, including large collections of leaked documents published by Wikileaks, public databases about lobbying or government spending, and “big data” from social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. As a result, many media organisations seek data-savvy journalists to help them process this information to understand what is in it, to identify what is important, and to provide insights to readers in a compelling way. Modules: 1.
Beautiful new biodiversity maps color-coded to show hotspots Guest Post by Clinton Jenkins The variety of life on Earth is not spread evenly, but is concentrated in very special places. SavingSpecies has been working to map the diversity of vertebrate life across the world and thereby identify the very best places where we can protect and restore the most biodiversity for the buck. These beautiful new maps, seen here for the first time, illustrate some of the intriguing patterns of life in the world.
Website Generates Funny, Definitely Non-Mainstream Hipster Business Ideas San Francisco resident Cass Chin has created a hilarious webpage named "Brooklyn Brooklyn Company Company" that generates outrageous hipster business ideas for Brooklyn-based entrepreneurs—we are guessing that Chin thought that Brooklyn, a hipster stronghold, is a great place to start such companies. A witty parody of existing hipster businesses, these faux companies sell the kind of things that the regular mainstream-hating hipster will probably fork out money for—for instance, “artisanal, small batch moustache wax” and “farm-to-table urban futons”. In particular, we are impressed by Chin’s grasp of hipster vocabulary, which he used to form ridiculous business tag-lines that do a great job of mocking the hipster lifestyle. However, some of these ideas may just be crazy enough to work—such as the “Brooklyn Laser Disc Company”, because obsolete media is as non-mainstream as it can get. [via Laughing Squid]
How to Detect Apps Leaking Your Data One reason that smartphones and smartphone apps are so useful is that they can integrate intimately with our personal lives. But that also puts our personal data at risk. A new service called Mobilescope hopes to change that by letting a smartphone user examine all the data that apps transfer, and alerting him when sensitive information, such as his name or e-mail address, is transferred. “It’s a platform-agnostic interception tool that you can use on your Android, iOS, Blackberry, or Windows device,” says Ashkan Soltani, an independent privacy researcher who created Mobilescope with fellow researchers David Campbell and Aldo Cortesi. Their first proof-of-concept won a prize for the best app created during a privacy-focused programming contest, or codeathon, organized by the Wall Street Journal in April this year; the trio has now polished it enough to open a beta trial period. “Our focus is making really simple the process of interception,” says Soltani.
[Carto temps réel] Geneva Sometimes bus riding can feel intimidating, but this visualization proves it: everybody's doing it. Pick a route off the map and watch a day in the life of the line. Buses speed by, passengers jumping on and off. Some lines are slow, some are hopping, and rush hour is often hilarious. Where's the data from? The Bay Area d3.js user group put out a call for entries for the Urban Prototyping's Urban Data Challenge.