Best of FlowingData – May 2010

Another great month of FlowingData. Thanks, everyone for the retweets, likes, stumbles, etc. Every share helps FD reach a wider audience, so I really appreciate it. For the new readers, or in case you missed them, here are the top posts of May, based on a combination of views, comments, and links:

  1. What America spends on food and drink
  2. Dreaming in numbers
  3. The Boom of Big Infographics
  4. Data Underload #21: Exit Strategy
  5. Facebook privacy options untangled
  6. Most influential people on Twitter – Cosmic 140
  7. BP tries to mislead you with graphs
  8. Field guide to fanboys
  9. Evolution of Facebook privacy policies
  10. Marge Simpson is Europe in disguise

From the Forums

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Favorites

Real Chart Rules to Follow

There are rules—usually for specific chart types meant to be read in a specific way—that you shouldn’t break. When they are, everyone loses. This is that small handful.

Years You Have Left to Live, Probably

The individual data points of life are much less predictable than the average. Here’s a simulation that shows you how much time is left on the clock.

Unemployment in America, Mapped Over Time

Watch the regional changes across the country from 1990 to 2016.

Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores

A closer look at the age old question of where there are more bars than grocery stores, and vice versa.