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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Story Map Reveals Canada’s Top 10 BIG Infrastructure Projects

We’ve all become fans of story maps – these often awesome, interactive, webmap driven infographics inform, educate and entertain us on a variety of topics. Once new story map to hit the web reveals 100 of the biggest infrastructure projects in Canada. Browse the map to see where these mammoth construction projects including waste water plants, dams, power facilities, transportation infrastructure and more are being built – great stuff! the story map  is powered by the Esri ArcGIS Viewer for Flex and part of the Top 100 Projects project website

top 10 infrastructure projects in Canada

top 10 infrastructure projects in Canada

See the 100TopProjects map HERE

Fun Infographic – Wordle of 100 Twitter Geo Influencers

A recent blog post from OpenGeo shared a cool list of 100 Geotechnology innovators and influencers on Twitter and it generated a bit of discussion in the community. If anything, the list is quite handy for finding some great people and tech geeks to follow on Twitter (even if the numerical ranking / ordering is a little odd). Something I found interesting to do was to churn out a Wordle from all the text in the people’s bios to see what terms and keywords popped.


Wordle of Top 100 Geo Influencers on Twitter
Some of the things that I noticed were that terms like Geospatial, manager, openstreetmap, Esri, developer, Canada, and opinions popped. Pretty cool stuff! What do you see?? See more in this blog post

A few of the other interesting keywords that were hidden within the visualization that I took note of include: GISP,  Washington, Redlands, learning, advocate and Geek! Gives you some good insight as to what traits are found in an influencer!