Best of FlowingData: October 2008

October was another good month. Our FlowingData community grew from 5,100 subscribers to over 5,700 this month, and I of course have all of you to thank. Thank you for spreading the word about FlowingData – whether it’s via, Digg, StumbleUpon, email, or word of mouth, I appreciate it all.

October was the first time we were on the front page of Digg – with the 40 essential tools and resources post. I was mesmerized as I watched FlowingData’s blog stats increase by the thousands in a matter of a few minutes. Thankfully, WestHost was able to keep FlowingData afloat during the wave.

In case you’ve got no red bars, here are the top posts from October:

  1. 40 Essential Tools and Resources to Visualize Data
  2. Commercial Air Traffic Seen Around the World
  3. United States Poverty Rates From 1980 to 2007
  4. Great Data Visualization Tells a Great Story
  5. Code For Walmart Growth Visualization Now Available
  6. May the Tallest and Fattest Win the Presidency
  7. Comparative View of Length of Rivers and Height of Mountains
  8. Maps for Advocacy – Beginner’s Guide to Mapping
  9. Sketching Around Personal Brand Tracking (Guest post by Miguel Jiménez)
  10. Playboy Playmate Curves and the State of the Economy

So now it’s time for a new month. What would like to see more of on FlowingData?

P.S. Happy Halloween!


  • Love the site, and have followed for ages, I am not sure how representative this is but I would love to see some work and code samples using open source packages, specifically python’s matplotlib and postgresql’s postgis. It may be a disproportionate amount of work for less immediately elegant presentations but I am very curious what you and your readers can come up with. Thanks and continued success…

  • @Timon – Thanks. I’ve never used matplotlib, but I’ll look into it :)


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