Visualizing Foursquare, Pt. 2

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Social Media

This morning I posted a quick map illustrating my 1,100 check-ins on Foursquare during the last two years. I made it using TillMill, an open-source application for creating interactive map tiles.

This version was made in OpenHeatMap (larger symbols represent more check-ins). Clearly my Foursquare usage increased after I moved from Austin to DC last year: 

Thanks to Pete Warden, who created the tool. He helped me structure my field headers so the application would recognize the geo data for each check-in. Documentation here.

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Visualizing Foursquare

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Social Media

I’m generally obsessed with Foursquare, the location-based service that allows users to broadcast their travels to friends. I’ve checked in more at more than 1,100 places since joining the service in February 2010, apparently more often on weekends:

But not so much in May:

And on three continents:

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Facebook By The Numbers

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Social Media

Via the Economist

AFTER eight years, scores of lawsuits and a blockbuster movie, Facebook is going public. It is seeking to raise $5 billion from its initial public offering, which would give it an estimated market capitalisation of $80-100 billion—similar to that of fast-food chain McDonald’s. The social network employs only around 3,000 staff, giving it an average revenue of $1.2m per person in 2011. Analysts are quick to point out that the site’s users effectively act as employees, adding content and value for others.

FACEBOOK: Who uses it and what are they doing?

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Social Media

pewinternet:

On an average day:

  • 15% of Facebook users update their own status.
  • 22% comment on another’s post or status.
  • 20% comment on another user’s photos.
  • 26% “Like” another user’s content.
  • 10% send another user a private message

A snapshot of sex/age distribution by social networking site platform:

43% of Facebook users are male and 58% are female.

33% of Facebook users are 23-35

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Mapping ‘My’ DC

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Social Media

Steven Lehrburger, a software engineer in New York, announced just now that he’d updated his cool web app, wheredoyougo.net. It allows Foursquare users to visualize their checkins with heat maps.

Here’s an example from last January, when I still lived in Austin:

With the new version live, I mapped more than 900 checkins. Here’s where I go in Washington, D.C. (I live at 12th and Kearny in northeast, and I work at 6th and Massachusetts in northwest, so that explains the red spots in the upper righthand corner and downtown).

Below is a national view. This makes sense, as I’ve spent most of my time in D.C. and Austin since I stopped using Gowalla (*tear*) in favor of Foursquare. What’s strange, though, is that I’ve never been to Vancouver.

Thanks for the update, Steven.