Girl Scout cookie pie chart (popularity breakdown) 25% thin mints #infographic

Girl Scout cookie pie chart

September 9, 2011 to Statistical Visualization  •  Share on Twitter  •  Comments (2)

Girl scout cookies

With Girl Scout cookie season around the corner, Wired pies it up with cookies showing percentage of sales. It's all about the Caramel deLites. [Thanks, Elise] via Girl Scout cookie pie chart.

- via Flowing Data.

Death and Taxes [U.S. Budget] by @mibi - HUGE 6 foot sized#infographic #Obama #Government #EPIC

Here's a gem of a infographic! Wow, this is amazing - it measures an epic 6 feet worth of information regarding death and taxes (in re: U.S. Budget, Pres. Obama Administration).  Artist Jess Bachman created wonderful poster, please share it!

So what is this thing?

"Death and Taxes" is a large representational graph and poster of the federal budget. It contains over 500 programs and departments and almost every program that receives over 200 million dollars annually. The data is straight from the president's 2011 budget request and will be debated, amended, and approved by Congress to begin the fiscal year. All of the item circles are proportional in size to their funding levels for visual comparison and the percentage change from both 2010 and 2001 is included so you can spot trends.

Ok, so what is it REALLY?

"Death and Taxes" is more than just numbers. It is a uniquely revealing look at our national priorities, that fluctuate yearly, according to the wishes of the President, the power of Congress, and the will of the people. Thousands of pages of raw data have been boiled down to one poster that provides the most open and accessible record of our nations' spending you will ever find. If you pay taxes, then you have paid for a small part of everything in the poster. "Death and Taxes" is an essential poster for any responsible citizen or information junkie.

Source: Follow the author / artist @mibi on twitter. His full portfolio is here

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Twitter's new RT Feature: What it means for News Industry and Influencers

As I am sure you've all seen the fairly new "retweet" (RT) feature released by Twitter, it has not been fully understood to date.  Influence on twitter was previously quite easy to track, but now with the new RT feature, it's becoming less clear who's influencing who.  For example, prior to the new RT feature a user would "RT" a tweet by simply copy/pasting the content like so: "RT @username: original content" (sometimes a comment was added too).  Then, the RT would be published out to the RTer's followers.  Some of those followers would then RT the RT, thus establishing a clear line of influence, stemming from the originating tweet and RTs (to a point, of course).

What the old RT model showed was a path of influence on twitter (and how information travels - interesting stuff for sure!).  Now comes the new RT feature and this "influence" model is completely disrupted.  No longer can we track who's RT'ing what.  It's been completely flattened out. So, folks who RT can no longer see who is RTing a post after them.  So we lose the whole influencer in the middle (middle man influencers).  Now it's all flat - just the original post and a lateral line to the RTs.  Whereas, previously we had the original post and a plethora of tangential RTs, with some fairly obvious track-backs, so to speak.

Why would twitter do this?  Two good reasons are potentially driving this decision.  First, data management and data storage optimization.  Second, establishment of twitter as an authentic news source (more on this in a bit).

Data management is a tricky proposition when a web startup takes off and begins to manage millions of records in their database(s).  The new RT feature is a smarter implementation at the database level.  Now with the new RT feature, the database could store just 1 original tweet plus a bunch of variable flags turned on/off (1 or 0) for the RT usernames versus the old RT model of originating tweet plus copies (e.g. 72 copies of that same tweet +/- variations thereof).  Thus, this is a very smart approach to shrinking the data footprint of RT content.

The whole "News industry" is currently undergoing a rapid change much akin to the industrial revolution.  Companies and jobs are folding every day as the old model of journalism is eclipsed by the new real-time web and emergent citizen-journalism model.  Twitter is a major component of this new version of "news."  Thus, it is in twitter's best interest to develop a trusted system for delivery of real-time news that is timely, reliable, authentic and trackable.  Since, the new RT feature preserves the originating author's name and content, this perfectly fits with the news model.  Now we can see who tweeted what without alteration.  That is a huge move towards authenticity on the web - a must for reliable and trusted news content.  Twitter is positioning itself to be the most trusted news source on the web and this new RT feature goes a long way to provide just that.

Originators of news on the web will feel this impact in a number of ways.  Specifically, if they are RT'ed, then their tweets will show "Retweeted by x and x others " (shows amount of RTs by users - think "reach" on the web).  For what I call the "middle man" influencers - the RTers out there - they will feel a negative impact as they no longer are associated with the originating content (and downstream RTs) as in times past.  Now, when a user sees a RT it just shows a pile of #s, so the middle man no longer benefits, i.e. their name is not associated with the originating post as it used to be (middle man influencers will see a drop in engagement levels based on RTs).

Overall, I think this is a fabulous move by twitter and applaude them for making the switch.  It's smart and disruptive.  I like it.  It shows twitter has smart folks at the helm who understand the web and the future of it very well.

For me, I will definitely  use the new RT feature anytime I want to preserve the original tweet author/content.  If I need to add something (and there's char space!) then I will add my 2 cents and RT that.  What's your take? Do you like or dislike the new RT feature?  Think of other reasons why twitter would implement this new RT feature and let me know what you see.  I'd love to hear all your feedback and ideas on this!

Visualizing the decline of World Empires from 1800-2009 [VIDEO visualization] #data #infographics

The Mindjet Blog » Visualize Google Search Results in a Mind Map

The Mindjet Blog » Visualize Google Search Results in a Mind Map.

Visualize Google Search Results in a Mind Map

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The Google Wonder Wheel

Yesterday, our CEO sent me an article from Lifehacker that announced a new Google experiment, the Google Wonder Wheel. The experiment didn’t actually work on my desktop but the video on YouTube demonstrated the capabilities. It’s just like a mind map that allows you to drill down into deeper search results. The future is getting cooler, right?

Using the wonder wheel made me wonder about MindManager. I realized that we can already do this type of visual searching inside MindManager 8 already. Let me show you how it’s done.

Use Google Search Results Inside of MindManager

While the Google Wheel simply lets you search visually, MindManager lets you use your search results in your work! Here are a few ways that you could leverage this feature today:

  • Build a better business plan
  • Update your strategy for our tough economic climate
  • Track your competition
  • Research for a report
  • Prepare a presentation
  • And more…

Here’s a look at how fast and easy you could start using search results in your map. Start with any map that you’re working on.

Select the topic that you want to search and then use the Google Search map part to perform your search. You can also specify how many results you would like to appear within the map.

MindManager performs the Google Search and returns the results in your map.

Next to each of the results is a summary text note which describes the web page and a hyperlink to the web page. When you click on any of the hyperlinks, you can open up the page inside of MindManager where you can simply cut and paste relevant content into the map that you are working on.

Once you have the search results in your map, there are all sorts of ways that you can leverage them. Here are a few ideas:

  • Drag, drop and reorganize the results into your map
  • Copy and paste content from within the pages into your map
  • Update the text notes with your own comments
  • Use icons and tags to categorize the results
  • Filter the results to display subsets based on your criteria
  • Transform the links into tasks, assigning resources, due dates and % complete

What do you think about the Google Wonder Wheel and mapping out your search results?

About the Author: Michael Deutch is Mindjet’s Chief Evangelist, content contributor for the Mindjet Blog and the Mindjet Connections newsletter. Get more from Michael on Twitter.