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Facebook status updates: young people are self-centered and old ramble

The Facebook Data Team had a quantitative look at status updates by age and content: The chart on left confirms the typical stereotypes about younger and older people. Younger people…

Worst and best commutes in America

I grew up in a relatively small city where it took no more than fifteen minutes to get where I needed to go. When I went to college, the public…

How Twitter users balanced the budget

In a follow-up to their puzzle to balance the budget, The New York Times shows the top selections that about seven thousand Twitter users made. It's not a scientific sample,…

Comparison of Republican and Democratic tax plans

Lori Montgomery of the The Washington Post reports on the difference between the Democratic and Republican tax plans. The Republicans' plan to extend the Bush administration tax cuts for the…

What New Yorkers complain about

Wired, in collaboration with Pitch Interactive, has a look at complaints called in over the 311 line in New York. The above is a sample from a week in September,…

When people break up, according to Facebook updates

For his book The Visual Miscellaneum, David McCandless, along with Lee Byron, had a look at breakups on Facebook, according to status updates. They looked for the phrase "we broke…

Past century of government and economy

John Palmer has a look at the past 100 years of government and economic indicators: This historical perspective visualizes economic trends and spending patterns, during good times and bad. Present-day…

Issues Americans care about

Every year the Pew Research Center asks Americans what their top political priority is for the year. It should come as no surprise that the economy, jobs, and terrorism top…

Visualizing NFL statistics

Sports statistics. Always so many tables. Juice Analytics takes a more visual approach with their interactive: Our NFL stats "spike chart" is an easy way to see who's leading the…

Average age of Congress over time

I don't know about you, but I tend to associate Congress with an older generation. Just how hold are the folks who make up the Senate and House of Representatives?…

Challenge: Advertised vs. actual waistline

Ever notice how pants seem to fit differently from store-to-store even though they're labeled as the same size? Why does the 36-inch at Old Navy feel kind of loose but…

Exploratory tool for school admissions

With thousands of applications, it can be tough deciding who to admit in to your program. The aptly named Admitulator, by Golan Levin, helps faculty sort things out: Admitulator 2.0…

Music listening preferences by gender

Last.fm intern Joachim Van Herwegen has a quick look at listening habits by age and gender: The sizes of the artists' names indicate how popular they are, while their position…

Expense visualizer

In an effort to make Canadian government expense data more accessible, FFunction designed the Expense Visualizer. A slider on top lets you filter by time, and small graphs show spending…

Faith and poverty in the world

Using data from a recent Gallup report showing a correlation between wealth and faith, Charles M. Blow reports in graphic form. Each sphere, sized by population, represents a country. Spheres…

Countries of the world ranked by stuff

What country has the best education? Health? Quality of life? Thomas Klepl and Adam Clarkson of Newsweek take a look at important metrics for the world's best countries. It's basically…

Stacked area shows the Web is dead?

Wired has declared that the Web is dead in their September cover story, and they lead off with this stacked area chart showing the decline of browser-based consumption. Each layer…

Alex Rodriguez joins the 600 club

Alex Rodriguez became only the seventh player in MLB history to hit 600 home runs, at a younger age than any of the previous six by far. Amanda Cox and…

$8.7b Iraq development funds unaccounted for

A simple question from GOOD magazine: where did the money to rebuild Iraq go? In 2003, the Development Fund for Iraq (DFI) was established for the benefit of the country's…

Exploring the Reach of Firefox

Once every blue moon I like to freelance as a short break from school work, and a few months back I got an email from Mozilla that basically said, "Hey…

Redesign of the Federal IT Dashboard

About a year after the launch of the Federal IT Dashboard, business intelligence consultancy Juice Analytics focuses on five areas — message, flow, charts, context, and design fundamentals — where…

Exploration of our aging world

From Ben Fry's newly established Fathom Information Design, is a visualization for GE on our aging world: According to the United Nations, the elderly population of the world is growing…