Yesterday I had a nice chat with Timo Vesiluoma (Head of the Suupohja Regional Development Programme here in Finland) about the spatial diffusion of information and that’s why I wanted to publish this post.
We know that today the information spread on the Internet especially thanks to social web sites, networks and communities so after yesterday’s chat I made a research and I have found something really interesting, have a look…
This is a map of Digg users and how they’re connected to each other. Brian Shaler created this map using the recently released Digg API. (if you don’t know what Digg is, click here)
Like Brian said in his blog, charts and graphs, while they may be aesthetically pleasing, can point out trends and habits on a broad scale that would probably be missed using typical statistical analysis. That’s why data visualization can be very useful.
The map has a Flash interface (see the picture below) where people can type in their (or others’) digg user names to find out where they are on the map. Among other cool Digg apps there is also a Digg Radar that shows little thumbs-up icons whenever a user “Diggs” (votes on) a Digg story.
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