Infographic – What Goes into a Flood Map

FEMA has provided an interesting visual overview of what FEMA flood maps are and how the map update process works using the Flood Map Infographic. Year to year, flooding is the most costly disaster in America. Flood maps play a vital role in helping us prepare for flooding by informing communities about the local flood risk. Flood maps help communities to incorporate flood risk into their planning. They’re also the basis for flood insurance rates through the National Flood Insurance Program, which FEMA administers at the direction of Congress. By law, you may be required to get flood insurance if you live in the highest risk areas. But flooding can happen anywhere — about 20 percent of all the flood claims come from areas with lower risk. And you don’t have to live close to water to be at risk.

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DataViz – The Growth of Colleges in America

An impressive effort here, Map of the growth of Colleges in America. In order to create the product, I’m told by creator, Mike Summons, that he manually searched for each college’s founding date and latitude/longitude, finishing with a list of 2,068 schools!

About the Project… eCollegeFinder is back with new map, this time it’s in motion!  From the creators… Late in 2014, we stumbled across Flowing Data’s map showing “The Growth of Walmart”, which Excel Hero recreated using a simple Excel workbook.  We found the map to be mesmerizing and immensely informative, telling the story of Walmart in such a simple fashion.  So much so, that we decided to recreate a similar map of our own, this time looking at “The Growth of Colleges in America”.

More info in this story on GISuser or jump directly to the project page HERE

Location Sharing Research – Top five relationships conducive to location sharing

Some recent findings on location sharing… The Alohar Mobile Survey Finds 71% of Smartphone Users are Open to Location Sharing Apps; Adoption Driven by Relationship Milestones, Safety and Convenience – amazingly, 71% of smartphone users expressed their openness to mobile applications designed to share their whereabouts with loved one.

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Infographic – Map of What Each state Googles More than Any Other

I just love big data analytics… case in point, Estately recently ran a bunch of Google search queries through Google analytics in order to come up with an interesting map that reveals just which search trends are hot for each State – not surprisingly, they found some interesting results!

The results ranged from mildly amusing to completely disturbing. No doubt this information will come in handy for anyone trying to decide which state they want to buy a home in, especially for those curious how their potential neighbors spend their time online.

Some fun results include: Idaho searching for bigfoot, Arizona infatuated with UFOs, Maine seems to enjoy cat pics, and Alabama on the hunt it seems for God!

This is what each State Googles more than any other

This is what each State Googles more than any other

See more details of the results in this blog post

You Might Dump Facebook as a Social Platform When you Start Using IconoSquare with your Instagram!

Here’s an awesome tip for you Instagram fans! Are you looking for a fun and interesting way to view your Instagram activity, stats and more? Enter IconoSquare – was statigram – apparently, Instagram recently clamped down on third party apps using their API and they can no longer use the term “Gram” within their name so look for many apps to rebrand!

IconoSquare provides many useful stats revealed as an Infographic

IconoSquare provides many useful stats revealed as an Infographic

To use the app simply create an account by connecting IconoSquare with your Instagram account (ie. give them access to your username/password), then view photos from accounts that you follow, browse your own media, see popular stuff, view all the photos you “like” and more. What folks may really dig about the app are the stats, for example, you can easily see your media count, number of followers, your love rate, spread rate, lost followers and much more – quite nice!

Infographic – Men and Women use their mobiles and social media differently

No huge surprise here I guess as research has shown that men and women differ in their use of mobile social media. For example, 38% of women play games on their smartphones and they outnumber men by 10%, 13% of men use social media for dating in comparison to only 7% of women, and 71% of women on Facebook are willing to ‘like’ a brand for deals. Only 18% of men do that.  Apparently, the gender difference revolves around three distinct areas: our personal and professional relationships, the need for information and entertainment, and consumer behavior.

social media use by genderDo you know that men and women use smartphones in a completely different way?

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