World Map of Social Networks

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.
world-map-of-social-networks-2013According 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.
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Dynamic Asian Map: Territorial Disputes among Asian Countries

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Recently, territorial disputes in Asia has drawn attention from the globe as those disputes are mostly related to China. Because of the history and the vast borders, China is having various disputes with different countries in different areas, In order to provide a brief and clear picture to those concerning the issues, South China Morning Post has created a dynamic Asian map for showing some key disputes in Asian regions.

Users can mouseover / mouse click key items in the “Key” legend to see detailed information.

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Map Reviews: 4/5 Stars

This map manipulates category legends to provide detailed information with popup texts/lines that keep the map neat and simple. Category legend with single selection feature is created for land claims while multiple selection is created for continental shelf claims that users can clearly identify which how many countries are involved in a single issue, how the countries claim for their continental rights.

Similar sample map with category legend (single selection) has been created by us, and you can also check it out at:
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Heat Map: Gender Gap in Science across the Globe

A heat map from UNESCO about the gender gap in science around the globe shows relative equality in parts of South America and Central Asia, and relatively higher inequality in countries like India, France, Germany, and Japan, which is quite surprising that women make up less than a third of researchers in some of these world’s science leading countries.

Meanwhile, the map only presents portion of the situation as it does not reflect the women status in science field in countries like United States, Australia, China.

In conclusion, the map does reflect that the world is not all the same.

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World Map: The Most Popular Websites In The World

Which website do you visit most? Have you ever thought of which website is the most popular one across the globe? Here you can find the answer in the following world map.

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This world map, based on Alexa data, depicts countries sized by internet population, and you can find that Facebook and Google are the most popular websites.

However, you can also found that Baidu, a well known search engine in China, is now a rising competitors to Google as Baidu is also listed as the most visited website in South Korea. Who knows if this map will have a big modification in the near future.

Heat Map: Arsenic Risk in China’s Groundwater

Researchers have developed a new statistical model to estimate the risk of arsenic contamination in China’s groundwater, and a heat map has been created based on the research result.

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Based on geological, soil, and topological data, a statistical risk model was created by researchers from China and Switzerland to identify high risk areas for groundwater quality monitoring. When these results were combined with the latest available population data, it was found that almost 20 million people across China are living in high-risk areas.

Circular Rail Maps for Sydney and Melbourne

A London designer, Maxwell Roberts, has prepared schematic maps for rail systems in Sydney and Melbourne based on the geometry of concentric circles.
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Maxwell Roberts is a London psychologist who has created a series of circular schematics of transit systems in various cities, including London, New York, Berlin, and Tokyo. Maxwell was surprised the amount of cities can be fitted to the design rules and the results are often spectacular from an aesthetic point of view.

We have introduced a London tube map with attractions before that we can find that tube / transit system maps can be used in various way with different designs. You may now utilizing your city’s transit system maps (e.g. metro maps, bus maps, train maps) to create your personalized maps for particular use.

Global Flood Damage by 2050

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Issues about climate changes, e.g. global warming & rising sea level, are always hot topics among us in these years. A world map about damages caused by flooding and rising sea level by 2050 has been created for warning us.

In the bubble chart map, it highlight several coastal cities about the estimate cost that taxpayers have to pay for cleaning up the casualties caused by flooding. This map is created based on the analysis from Stephane Hallegatte, an economist in World Bank, and his coauthors, and he mentioned that the figure was just the bare minimum. Detailed comment from Stephane can be found by clicking the above map image.

Recently, we have received inquiries about creating world map with pie chart / bubble chart per country. It is possible to create bubble chart in a world map using map maker for data analysis:

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Maps: Locations of U.S. Embassies And Consulates Closes

Last Sunday, the U.S. announced it would keep 15 embassies and consulates closing in the coming weeks, and would shut down another 4 embassies in Africa. Since the issue of global travel alert from the State Department last Friday, 21 diplomatic missions has been closed because of the potential al-Qaeda terrorist plot.

A custom Google Map has been created for displaying locations of 19 embassies and consulates are going to close this week, and you can click on the pins for details:
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Some sayings that the locations of closed embassies reveal possible clues for targeted attack locations. The Washington Post has also created a Heat Map for showcasing the relationship between population distribution of Muslim and locations of closed embassies.
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How do you think? Do you think the locations of closed embassies related to “Muslim World”? Do you think it can hint you the targeted locations?

Possible Routes that Edward Snowden Would Take

After leaving Hong Kong, where did Edward Snowden go? There is speculation that he is somewhere in Moscow,  but it seemed that he did not take the flight to Moscow. Here is an interactive World Map that examines the potential routes Snowden would take after leaving Hong Kong, where conceivably willing to shield him from U.S, by using the data from OpenFlights.org. Check the possible routes that he might take and see if you agree with it or not:
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Video Tutorial: Create an Interactive HTML5 Pie Chart Map

Pie chart is used for demonstrating percentage of individual contribution in a whole set while each category is divided into sectors. Pie chart is widely used in the business world and the mass media that pie charts can be replaced in most cases by other plots such as the bar chart. Now, you can put the pie chart in the HTML5 maps for presentation different statistic results according to regions.

Here is a video tutorial about creating Bubble Chart in a few steps: