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Google Launches 'Think Quarterly' Magazine for U.K. Partners and Data Nerds

Google is getting in on the magazine game. (Sorta.) The company's U.K. arm just published the first issue of Think Quarterly, which the company bills as "breathing space in a busy world... a place to take time out and consider what's happening and why it matters." The 60-page mag was sent to a small selection of Google partners and advertisers in the U.K., but anyone can read it online. The...

Google Announces Challenge to Visualize Federal Spending

Google has issued a challenge to data-nerds: to take data from the site WhatWePayFor.com, which tracks where your tax dollars are allocated, and create a user-friendly way to visualize it. Google has gotten the ball rolling with its own interactive infographic of differently sized bubbles, each representing a distinct category of government spending....

#Jan25 Tweets Become Moving Work of Data Art

André Panisson, who works at data visualization software company Gephi, got lucky while experimenting with a script for tracking tweets. He tracked posts with the hashtag #jan25, just before and right after the announcement of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's resignation. The result is the stunning, pulsating spider web of connected tweets....

New Twitter Record Set on New Year's, With Japan Tweets Ahead of the Pack

If there was any doubt about Japan's love of social networking, it's been soundly dashed by the number of tweets the country sent as the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve. The world sent 6,939 tweets per second (TPS) four seconds after Japan's time zone entered into 2011, with the island nation sending the vast majority of "Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu" ("Happy New Year!") tweets. The...

Facebook Intern Builds Beautiful Global Map from Friendships

Share Social networking sites allow anthropologists to effortlessly and immediately analyze cultural tendencies, but most formal online studies culminate with boring papers and incomprehensible data. However, Facebook intern Paul Butler recently delved into his site's usage patterns, and -- instead of compiling monotonous charts and graphs -- the impressive engineer-in-training has generated a...

Google Zeitgeist 2010: Chatroulette and iPad Lead the Year in Search

Every year Google blesses us with Zeitgeist, a roundup of what the world was searching for during the last 12 months. This year's big searches included the World Cup, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the earthquake in Haiti. The iPad and Chatroulette, though were the most popular queries. Check out the year in review video after the break, and explore the Zeitgeist data here using Google's...

Visually Mapping Racial Distribution in American Cities

Eric Fischer has transposed the 2000 Census data to a map, showing the breakdown of race in major U.S. cities. Each dot represents 25 people, divided (as we always seem to be) by color: red for white, blue for black, green for Asian and orange for Hispanic. Check out Fischer's Flickr account for more sociological visualizations....

Charting the History of Data Storage

Flickr user Curtiss Spontelli recently uploaded this wonderful little chart showing the evolution of data storage over the years. It's interesting to visualize how our modern two-terabyte hard drives can hold about a zillion times more than ye olde wax cylinders, and that even Zip disks (which don't seem that archaic to some of us) held only 100 megabytes. How our needs have changed. While...