Visualising (not so) Big Data

Facebook is a frequently used source for information. We do not know all kinds of such data queries and reutilisations……. But we know some amazing visualsations made out of these big data.

Faces of Facebook

Here’s by Natalia Rojas: 2013-12-01_facesfacebookMore than

2013-12-01_facesfacebook0on one page.

And here I am lost in pixels

2013-12-01_facesfacebook3and with an image.

2013-12-01_facesfacebook4Guess who is number 1 in facebook?

With a little bit of narcissism

If one loves to be part of an exhibition facebook is the source, too. And Intel provides the exhibition on


2013-12-01_museumofme2The words I used in facebook:

2013-12-01_museumofme4And my graph.



At the end of some minutes editing this blog there were 166 new faces on facebook

2013-12-01_facebook#And this happens in an Internet minute according to :


Facebook offers micro-sites

Facebook is (in terms of figures) the most important ecosystem. And it attacks more and more traditional web sites. Starting in March facebook pages get new functionalities and  it will be possible to create micro-sites on facebook pages.

‘One particular item is emerging with perhaps the greatest challenge and the highest potential for Page owners — there is a new way to present custom content on Facebook Pages. Tabs and FBML are going away. Get ready to friend iFrames. ‘ (mashable)

‘iFrames are not new. An iFrame is a standard HTML tag that allows one page to be inserted into another. It would seem like a pretty obvious way for Facebook Page owners to customize content … “ The evolution of Facebook becoming the replacement for the branded micro-site is well on its way.” Jascha Kaykas-Wolff of Involver’

More on mashable!

Lost in Social Media

There are lots of applications offering the possibility to publish our personal impressions and meanings to friends and to the general public. And there are lots of companies behind it trying to get tons of subscribers and gaining money from advertisers.

Look at this overview …

or this one of twitter alone …

… and you will be lost.

What to use with which effects? Use one or many? Publish some text  in WordPress or in twitter, upload some commented pictures in flickr or Picasa and transfer (feed) all this automatically to facebook and Google Buzz … or the other way round or …??

There are other companies built on this question, a whole new industry has emerged. Which one to choose (if any) to help us reaching which objectives with social media? And do we really need social media?

A lot of fascinating questions! Fortunately the year has just begun to find the appropriate answer -;)

For the moment I personally prefer a blog (this one) and I love twitter (because there are no ads … not yet).


Some more links:

Using facebook apps

As facebook captures more and more of the time users spend online, content providers are more often deciding to move to the continent of more than 500 mio users.

Facebook allows this by  integrating apps. Lots of companies specialise in this field and provide facebook-app-development services.

A much discussed facebook app is the one of the London School of Business and Finance LSBF.

LSBF goes where they think people interested in this school are.

Why not following this idea and put some statistical  literacy topics on facebook ?


And here some stats about facebook:

Bye-bye Browser (?)

For more and more online users the device of choice is a mobile device and for more and more of these users  ‘Apps are the Web and the Web is Apps”.

Applications (Apps)  for mobile devices can be downloaded and installed in seconds. These apps focus on certain needs and perhaps half a dozen of Apps meet the daily online demands for you and me.

With Apple’s planned App store for laptop and desktop computers  these devices join this philosophy, too.  So what about the future of Websurfing using classic browsers? And what about the future of complex Websites offering many levels of browser navigation and tons of pages delivering information?

The discussion (the fight) is under way and the users will decide.

For information suppliers like statistical agencies this issue is of huge importance.

How to ensure the mission for public information and democracy given such developments in the online world?

– with traditional websites?
– with (small) Apps (or Widgets) with specific, user-focused information portions?
– or both (for how long)?
– with integration into existing Apps or platforms where people are, like facebook or Google?

There are already today some interesting developments in statistics’ dissemination giving partial answers.

So have a look at:

CBS iPhone App (search CBS Statline in the iPhone App store)

And also some of the widgets like i.e.