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Breaking up is hard to do (especially on Christmas)

November 2, 2010

David McCandless's TED talk on data visualization is excellent -- you can catch it here -- and Mathias Mikkelsen has highlighted a single analysis that investigates when people are most likely to break up (according to Facebook) (Update: original here): What makes the chart so appealing is how easy it is to understand, despite the […]

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Soylent Flickr

October 26, 2009

Flickr is going after Facebook.

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When are users right about design changes?

May 12, 2009

I just saw this article about Google's data-driven design philosophy. It seems Google will not make design choices unless they are backed by quantitative findings that the change is a measurable improvement; users vote with their clicks. Adhering too rigidly to a design philosophy guided by “Web analytics,” Ms. Dunn [of the Stanford Institute of […]

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Facebook traps Mankiw

April 14, 2009

Facebook has trapped Mankiw and refuses to let him go.

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What [not] to read

April 3, 2009

Here are two interesting, if ultimately uninformative, graphics.  The author (artist?) used Facebook to collect data on the most popular books/music at various schools and plotted them against the schools' average SAT score. The first is entitled "BooksThatMakeYouDumb".  One of the most interesting things to me is that the Bible appears twice as "The Holy […]

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