Location-based service Foursquare recently released a new feature allowing users to track their past checks by location, venue type and other metrics The browser app visualizes check-ins in sequential order, creating a colorful map and ultimately a personalized infographic.
Apparently, I’ve checked in on foursquare more than 2,400 times — so mine took a bit — but the end result is (slightly) interesting:
Today at work I wrote a quick blog post about a new U.S. Census Bureau report on Internet use in America. The report suggested that smartphones were helping decrease the digital divide of access to the Web among blacks and Hispanics.
The U.S. Census Bureau survey was the first time the agency asked respondents about whether they used smartphones to go online, allowing a comparison of each racial and ethnic group’s overall digital activity. The bureau said that whites and Asians were more likely to have access to a home Internet connection.
Asians, for example, reported home Internet rates that were 27 percentage points higher than Hispanics. That rate disparity dropped to 18 percentage points with smartphone and home use combined.
Close to half of all Americans use a smart phone to connect to the Internet, and that rate remains similar across all groups: Asians (51.6%), non-Hispanic whites (48.6%), blacks (47.3%), Hispanics (45.4%).
The report also examined smartphone use by geography, with some interesting results:
While many states in the Southeastern and Northeastern parts of the country (along with certain areas in the Midwest) had smartphone usage below the national average of 48.2 percent, the vast majority of states west of the Mississippi River had smartphone usage rates either statistically higher or not statistically different from the national average.
Read the report, and download the data.
Last year on my birthday I created a quick heatmap visualizing birthdays by their rank on the calendar. Despite its flaws, the graphic went viral by The Daily Viz standards, receiving a quarter million views.
Most of the attention came in the month of May 2012. But what’s been interesting is its long-tail appeal. Every few months or so my traffic spikes — and I always know why. It has been viewed 100,000 times in the last year. This chart from Google Analytics shows the spikes, including one in recent days thanks to links from Radiolab and io9.
Last fall, around the time that birthdays are most common, my wife and I had a baby, Eva, and I’ve found it difficult to keep this blog “daily” while also focusing on my day job. I’m using this most recent traffic spike as inspiration to get blogging again.
I hope, someday soon, to create something that’s more popular than that silly heatmap. Stay tuned.
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Some simple charts from work. Hoping to get back into the “daily” viz blog soon…