July 26, 2010

Mapping Flickr

Today's map is a visualisation of all 34 million geotagged Flickr images. The data were kindly collected by Eric Fischer and then aggregated to the country-level (an operation that took our computer about three weeks to process!).

You can see that user-generated images in Flickr display similar geographies to other types of user-generated content (e.g. Wikipedia). In the next few weeks, we'll upload some variations of this map. These results aren't necessarily surprising, but do just reinforce findings that subjects of user-generated content are highly concentrated in only a few parts of the world.


  1. You could skip county level processing or just use Number/capita value. I live in small country that can't compete with U.S population.

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  2. I'd like to see the rate, too.

    The Flickr data's neat, but I think you're missing maybe some similar services in other nations. For example, South Korea has 50m people and a very strong devotion to the Internet, but is effectively off the map. My money's on South Koreans having their own counterpart to Flickr, much as Brazil and India had tended to use Orkut over Facebook.

    Per-capita analysis would also tease out places like Norway, with relatively low populations but high Internet use.


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