Ever since my hometown Fresno, California was ranked the dumbest city in America (albeit, with a flawed ranking system), the first FlowingPrints series, on the state of education, has taken on new meaning. It became personal, and then it occurred to me that it should be personal for everyone. I think most of us know how important a good education is.
Needless to say, my old high school and middle school now each have a copy of the series. My mom hand-delivered them (thanks, Mom). I've also been sending prints to schools, libraries, and education departments across the country near those who have already bought prints for themselves (thanks, all).
But I need more help.
From here on out, until all the prints are gone out of my garage, for every print you buy, I'll send one to local education. If you simply don't have any wall space, how about sending the series to a high school near you or your local library? I'll send another to your local education board.
Get the warm fuzzies, and spread awareness today. For the cost of a few lattes, you'll be supporting education, your community, and data. Plus, you'll be getting some beautifully designed prints.
Like I said, data graphics that aren't interactive are a lot better in print. I'm not sure what it is exactly but it's the same feeling as holding a physical book in your hands over reading an electronic version online. It just feels right.
In this graphic, we take a look at some data on how long you're expected to live.
Live in Hawaii and you just might live a little longer.
Hawaii has an average life expectancy at birth of 80.0 years. It's 72.0 years in Washington, D.C., the lowest life expectancy in the country.
Apparently the average television size is going to be 60 inches by 2015. Do we really need that much television? I mean, come on.
I used to watch my mom's old 9-inch black-and-white television in my room, and I thought it was the greatest thing ever. PacMan on my cousin's hand-me-down Atari couldn't look any better. Things are a little different now, yeah? I wonder what my Xbox games would look like on that old TV.
Anyways, I scraped television size data from CNET reviews, representing the past eight years or so, and actually, growth isn't as dramatic as you might think.
It's been fun to see your.flowingdata evolve the past few weeks, and it's good to see so many of you making use of it. Thanks for all the useful feedback too.
It's been about three weeks since I announced the new version of your.flowingdata (YFD), and I'm pleased with how things have progressed. We've seen over 21,000 data points tweeted by all of you. Very cool.
People are tracking lots of different aspects of their lives including diet, bodily functions, and bad habits. Someone is tracking their child's new words while another is recording who he meets up with. Some have written scripts to automate their data logging. It's beautiful, really. Tear.
This is of course still the beginning though. There are a lot of things in the works and many features planned. I've got a long to-do list.
In this first set of updates we've got:
- Public and Private Custom Data Pages
- Detailed help section
Share Your Data with Custom Pages
Your data is still private, but now you can share some of it with others with custom pages. The way it works is you have access to modules that you can organize the way you want on your page. Make the page public and then share the URL.
I've created a health page (above) for myself. Other users have made pages for caloric consumption, reading, t-shirt colors, glucose levels, morale and productivity, and drug intake among plenty of other stuff.
Another benefit of custom pages, other than sharing, is that they let you create custom views into your data that you can check in on with a single click. You can make your pages private too.
I think reminders might be the most requested feature from new YFD users. Well, here you go. Data logging takes a little bit of getting used to in the beginning, so you can set reminders for yourself. Set the number of days you're allowed to go without tweeting any data. If you pass the threshold, YFD will send (DM) you a friendly reminder.
Finally, I've put together more help on how to use your.flowingdata, namely a searchable FAQ. I based a lot of the new help docs on questions and feedback you guys asked and left in the forums. Hopefully, it makes things much more clear.
Get Started Now
If you're interested in recording your life in data, it's easy to get started with YFD:
- Follow @yfd on Twitter
- Sign in to your.flowingdata with Twitter
- Start recording data following the directions in the quick start guide.
(Hopefully Twitter has recovered from the denial-of-service attack by the time this post goes up.)
As usual, all comments and questions are welcome below or in the your.flowingdata forum.
your.flowingdata (YFD), a Twitter application that lets you collect data about yourself, is now LIVE!
I feel like I've been working on this project forever, but it's finally at a place where I think it's ready for human consumption. And unlike the previous version, what you track is completely up to you.
The brand new version of your.flowingdata (YFD) is coming soon, and of course, as a FlowingData reader, you get the first peak. Newer readers might not know what I'm talking about. Well, it's an online application that lets you collect data about yourself via Twitter.
For the longest time I've been obsessed with data visualization and infographics in print, specifically posters. Visualization on the Web is great, but there's a limitation with screen real estate, and data in print has always just felt so much sexier. I remember when I was at The Times and I saw my very first graphic online. It was cool, but it was even cooler when I saw it in the paper the next morning.
As many of you know, I've been working on a project that lets you collect data about yourself via direct messages on Twitter. It's called your.flowingdata (YFD). It started with just weight and sleep, but it's slowly growing. I recently added entertainment, potty time, smoking, mood, and something I call YFD pulse. You can now also download your data in CSV format.
You might recall that the United Nations Statistics Division launched UNdata about one week short of a year ago, which was an improvement on the previous United Nations Commons Database. UNdata provides a gateway into 22 United Nations databases and 66 million records. Yeah, it's a lot of data, but what do we do with it? What does it mean? Progress: A Graphical Report on the State of the World is a modest attempt to make some sense of it all; and by all, I mean a small subset.
On Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 12pm, Barack Obama officially became the 44th president of the United States of America. As we all watched Obama being sworn in front of the massive crowd, Twitter was abuzz with excitement. Just how excited was the Twittersphere? Watch for yourself. The map starts early Monday morning. As the day moves on more people wake and tweet at a steady rate with increasing volume as the time comes nearer. Europe gets in on some of the action when the US goes back to sleep. Tuesday morning comes in with a new beginning in the air. Then boom, it's time, and Twitter bursts with excitement.
First off, happy new year! I'm back from my short hiatus from blogging and school. I trust everyone had a good holiday week. I saw a couple of good movies: Slumdog Millionaire, which was one of the best movies I've seen in a while, and Benjamin Button, which was good, but not as great as Slumdog. I also played a ton of NBA 2K8 on Xbox 360. I'm not much into video games (I really suck), but the plasma HDTV I got for my birthday/Christmas almost makes me feel like I'm in the game.
Rate and Tweet Your Fortune Cookies on CookieSays
During the last few days of break I put together CookieSays. It's a toy Twitter application that lets you tweet fortune cookie fortunes and rate others. The point? Good ol' fashioned fun, of course. I don't know about you, but whenever I crack open a fortune cookie, that little piece of paper never fails to amuse me and everyone else at the table - no matter how ridiculous or incoherent. Now you can share them on CookieSays! Plus, it seemed fitting for the new year and all.
How to Tweet Your Fortunes
@cookiesays You will make a million dollars tomorrow.
That's it! Your fortune will appear here in about 10 minutes or so. In the meantime, rate other people's fortunes or just sit back and let the fortunes change on their own. Have fun! It was fun making it.
Now - back to work on my more serious project.