This winter, U.S. is frozen by the polar vortex that seriously affects the daily life of Americans (e.g. flight cancellations and delays, school closed, massive traffic delays). Here is a heat map shows how the U.S. being frozen due to the dipping of Arctic winds.
From the above image released by NASA, we can see arctic winds dipped south that causes cold condition across the Midwest, East Coast, and South, and some places temperatures were 40 degrees Fahrenheit colder than average.
If you are so addicted to British food and drink then you should not miss the following interactive world map, which pinpoints grocers, butcher, and bakers that sell food from clotted cream to pork pies.
It is obvious that the map does not pin all the shops that sell British Grub, so you are invited to add locations on the map by providing information to the map creator. Actually there is an alternative way for the map creator to better crowdsourcing data by creating crowdsourced map. Crowdsourced map enable map users to directly add locations all the map, and the map creator can control the crowdsourced data in an admin panel. Details about crowdsourcing can be seen in the following video:
Furthermore, since there are multiple locations in the same region, and more locations will be added, the map is becoming messy with numerous icons on the map that clustering can tackle the issue. Clustering groups locations on the map based on some factors, such as proximity or by the map data that makes the map leaner and cleaner. Here is a sample map for reference:
Here we have found another U.S. map about renaming states names to other countries with similar GDPs.
The map is created using data in 2012. In 2012, California, the largest state economy in U.S., was the 9th largest economy in the world, which was just slightly below Italy’s GDP in the same year. So you can see that California is renamed as “Italy” in this map. Furthermore, Texas is renamed as “Australia”, which is the world’s 13th largest country by GDP.
You can check out the map to see which country produced similar GDP as your state in 2012.
Here is a similar map using data in 2007 that you may compare the differences between two maps.
Please note that economy atmosphere in both the U.S. and the globe were different in 2007 & 2012 that we could not simply comment if the economy in specific state was good or bad just based on the map as further study and comparison are needed.
Feel free to share your views toward these maps or tell us if you have amazed by the maps.
Online dating site AYI.com had an interesting study about their users’ profiles, and found that members in several states (e.g. Colorado and Washington) are more likely to admit doing drugs on the profiles.
According to the report, states with fewest drug users are those culturally conservative states, including Utah, Virginia, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Mississippi.
Here is another US map of current marijuana laws:
Please note that users may also admit doing drugs even their state has not legalized the marijuana.
Currently, United States is facing extreme weather, the polar vortex, and people may not notice the serious drought problem in California. Following is a heat map, released by the National Drought Mitigation Center, reminding us to face the serious drought problem in California. From the above map, we can see that the wetness percentile in California is below 2 that nearly 90 percent of the state is suffering from extreme drought.
Facebook is always the most popular social network platform across the world, even there is rising popularity of Instagram. Here is a world map that showcasing the most popular social networking sites by county in Dec 2013. The map is created using Alextraffic data and is updated every 6 months. According to the map, Facebook has already become the most popular social network platform across the world, except those countries that has closed the door for Facebook (e.g. China).
Currently, there are 1189 billion active users in Facebook per month, though the growing rate is comparatively lower than before, that there are 351 million users in Asia, 276 million users in Europe, 199 million users in US & Canada, and 362 million users in other countries.
It is quite surprising that there are more active users in Asia rather than in US, the origin of Facebook.
In Russia, V Kontakte and Odnoklassniki are still competing to conquer the leader place in the market, and currently V Kontakte is placing the position.
In China, QZone still dominates the Asian market with 623 million users, however, it’s growth is being slowed down by the rising popularity of Weixin recently.
Here is another image shows the changing of popular social networks across the world since June 2009.
Last Thursday, Beyoncé, the music pop star, shook up the world (especially the internet world) with her newly released album that netizens all over the world tweeted about it. An animated Twitter Map then was created to illustrate where and when did people tweet about Beyoncé in the hours before and after the release of the album.
Twitter said there were more than 1.2 million tweets about the album in the 12 hours after it premiered, which is a massive success with over 800 thousands sales in three days.
There is one doubt according to the map: Why there was no tweet from Russia?
(Note: It is understandable that there was no tweet from China as Twitter is being blocked in China)