Best of FlowingData: September 2008

September was another good month for FlowingData. We surpassed 5,000 subscribers for the first time – 5,139 to be more precise – and saw more visitors than any other previous month. That’s not that much by Internet standards, but by statistician standards, that’s usually enough for the Law of Large Numbers to kick in.

Thank you everyone who continues to spread the word about FlowingData. The blog wouldn’t be the same without you.

In case you missed them, here are the top posts from September.

  1. Winner of the Personal Visualization Project is…
  2. 23 Personal Tools to Learn More About Yourself
  3. Interactive Graph Visualization System – Skyrails
  4. OneGeology Wants to Be Geological Equivalent of Google Maps
  5. See the World Through SimCity’s Eyes – One Up On OnionMap
  6. Pie I Have Eaten and Pie I Have Not Eaten
  7. Compare Media Coverage of Presidential Candiates with Everymoment Now
  8. How Consumers Around the World Spend Their Money
  9. Winners of NSF Visualization Challenge 2008 Announced
  10. Beautiful Generative Computer Art – Metamorphosis

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