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.

This is an American Workday, By Occupation

I simulated a day for employed Americans to see when and where they work.

One Dataset, Visualized 25 Ways

“Let the data speak” they say. But what happens when the data rambles on and on?

Causes of Death

There are many ways to die. Cancer. Infection. Mental. External. This is how different groups of people died over the past 10 years, visualized by age.