I love how major sporting events can captivate an entire country or region, especially when there’s the data to show the collective pulse. We saw it during the Canada-United States hockey gold medal match. Everyone flushed together. Similarly, O2, a UK mobile service provider, shows us texting volume during the World Cup and highlights the points of interest. England scores a goal and there’s a flood of text messages. Goooal.
They’ve got post-game too. There’s a burst of messages after Rooney’s rant:
Check out the full PDF versions: England vs USA, England vs Algeria, and England vs Slovenia.
Update. Here are the time series versions: England vs USA, England vs Algeria, and England vs Slovenia
I find the bars quite unhelpful, colour coding alone would be easier to sea the peaks and troughs, but a line graph would be the overall clearest approach.
Incidentally, who the hell is Robson supposed to be? Is that Rob Green’s Sunday name?
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Visualizing real time data is so interesting. We just launched an app that alerts you of every goal in the WorldCup. You can then taunt your friends by sending a message to their facebook wall. We’re really looking forward to wading through the data once we’ve got some uptake to see how the responses vary depending on who scored etc.
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