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"A Day in the Life of NYTimes.com" [bits.blogs.nytimes.com] includes two videos (also shown below) that show the traffic to NYTimes.com on June 25, 2009, the day Michael Jackson died. While on video focuses on US-only traffic, the other has a worldwide view. The animated maps also include a subtle visual hint of night time by revealing the city illumination at night.The 24-hour period of web log data is compressed into a little over a minute and a half.

The data used to create these maps come from roughly 15 Web servers. Some of the mobile bursts on the maps are a result of compressing the data.

Thnkx Owen!


They're pretty, but they really suffer from the fact that I can't remember what they looked like a second ago so I'm missing out on context. A little bar charty histogram going across the bottom is the first thing I would try. Maybe for the global one you could have a histogram per continent.

Fri 18 Dec 2009 at 10:31 AM

I agree with Andrew, I kept trying to figure out where the sun was rising and setting to get an idea of the human behavior. Are people waking up and checking the NYTimes? Before bed, middle of day? I think it would be cool to have a sliding line indicating the sun's location. Otherwise, to gain context I kept looking at the time stamp, which caused me to lose context.

Sat 19 Dec 2009 at 7:08 AM
John Patchett

Well, you have an artificial slider in the video scroll bar. That works too :)

Sat 19 Dec 2009 at 9:11 AM

need to get some sick beats to go along with this. earth rhythm http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwUaCFWFBls

Sun 20 Dec 2009 at 6:23 AM

Hi, what software was used to make this visualization? I sit available?

Mon 21 Dec 2009 at 11:26 PM
Jiri Brazda

HI Jiri - we used Processing to create the NYTimes visualization. Python/Hadoop is used to crunch and condense the data and we wrote the visualization app in Processing. We're hoping to put the code out there for others to use...hopefully soon.

Wed 30 Dec 2009 at 1:13 PM

Фантазия мультфильм / Fantasia

Tue 19 Jan 2010 at 7:35 PM
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