Map O’ The Day #71 – The Hump Of Irrelevance


Today’s MOTD addresses something that I don’t full understand, trending topics on Twitter. The place where i get caught up is, once a topic starts to trend people begin asking why its trending, thus perpetuating the cycle. The people talking about talking about the topic make up ‘the hump of irrelevance’.

Credit to Meg Pickard. The original can be found here, and is linked to the image.

Map O’ The Day #70 – The Road To 200 Million

Today’s MOTD showcases the guilty pleasure that over 200 million people enjoy, Facebook.
Social networking is stronger and more alive than ever, but with the intervention of Twitter, Facebook has been forced to evolve to stay relevant. This map shows us in which market segments Facebook initially penetrated and where it is relevant today.

The graphs show that it started as a private network for schools and colleges with a very specific user age range from 18-24. The curve flattened, mostly between 2006 and 2007, but recently the mid thirties age range is experiencing the most growth, most likely for the original reason it was invented, to get/stay in touch with former high school and college friends.

The bottom graphics also do a good job of showing the dispersion and disconnect of ‘wall posts’ by not being overly complex.

Map O’ The Day #64 – Carland


Todays MOTD is created in the style of a children’s game board to explain the automobile industry’s history. It is brought to us by and was created by Collene Corcoran and Joe Prichard.

While Maga’s game-board maps usually chart a process and are used to support initiatives or supplement training, this map takes a timeline and snakes it around the board. The principle being that by making the timeline an experience that the reader must engage in, information retention is higher because they are taking an unpredictable journey (in physical path) through the information.

Map O’ The Day #59 – Online Piracy


Today’s MOTD focuses mainly on the comparison of top box office figures versus the most illegally download movies. The graphic also provides information about the websites used to download the movies, as well as a few general figures and facts. It’s not surprising that the “Ill wait for it to come out on DVD” movies are the most downloaded.

I also found it interesting that was the most used torrent website. In light of all of the recent PirateBay prosecution, one would think that they would top the list. Mininova, on the other hand is still healthy and thriving. Different laws in Sweden than the Netherlands i guess. (Please comment if you know)

Another statistic that caught my eye was that 47 billion dollars worth of software was pirated. You don’t hear too much from the software industry about piracy because they like to try and outsmart the pirate. They would rather shell it out than admit they are wrong or ‘out gunned’, while the RIAA is disproportionally vocal.