Friday, August 16, 2013


I don't know if it's me, but it seems like data visualization is becoming a very popular space. One way to do that is through the use of infographics.

While most infographics are static, there's definitely an opportunity to make interactive infographics with the varitety of tools that are available.

I came across this infographic that shares the "10 Rules That Make An Infographic Cool, Effective and Viral." Found it to be helpful and just wanted to pass it along. Enjoy!

Information + Story + Design = Infographics

How To Create A Unique Infographic?
How To Create A Unique Infographic?

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Social Media Viz Champion is ...

Wow, didn't even think it was possible, but I actually won the Crowd Favorite in the Tableau Social Media Viz Contest! Thank you to all who checked out my twitter feed viz and for those of you who voted for me!! Really appreciate it!

Be sure to check out all the amazing entries ... so much creativity and talent.  Keep on doing incredible work!! :)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

twitter feed v2

One of the wonderful things about Tableau is that you can always find a new way to do something. Even though I already submitted my entry for the Social Media data viz contest, I wanted to use waffle charts that I found here. I modified the waffle charts slightly - it's fun to try using circles instead of squares just to give it a different look.

Waffle charts aka square pie charts work well for summary information, but the downside is that they take up a lot of space on the screen. The hardest part was being able to provide a global filter across multiple data sources. And I found out that the only way to really do it is to use a parameter which does require both data sources to have a common field.

Big props to Jesse Gebhardt for the help with getting the parameter option to work with these waffle charts! And for providing the template for creating waffle charts in Tableau.

This viz breaks down the four groups (Apps, Buffer, Social, and Web) by weekday %. Thought it'd be interesting to show this view. What do you think?

* For more context on this data viz, refer back to the previous blog post.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

twitter feed metrics

Tableau is holding another viz contest, this time using any type of social media data. Since I've been tweeting a lot more lately, I thought it'd be very interesting to analyze my own tweets and of course, to enter the contest. :) Twitter makes it super easy to download an archive of all of your tweets (you can request this archive in the settings of your twitter account).

Once I downloaded the data, I ended up grouping my tweets into four main categories:
  1. Apps - iOS & Android apps such as Flipboard, Zite, YouTube, etc. 
  2. Buffer - One of my favorite sites for spacing out your tweets according to a set schedule. I've been using it quite frequently (
  3. Social - Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest
  4. Web - Websites that I let tweet for me, the majority of them were done via a "Share button."
Some interesting pieces of data that I found after analyzing my tweets:
  • I have a total of 4,540 tweets since I began using twitter in August 2010.
  • 22% of my tweets are actually retweets of other peoples' tweets! What can I say ... I like to tweet what others have shared ... over 1/4 of the time.
  • My top three ways of sharing my tweets is through the "Share button" via websites, Zite (a great app for curating content!), and Buffer. I enjoy using Buffer because you can setup a schedule of tweets and you can analyze its popularity very easily.
  • The day I tweet the most during a week has been Tuesday followed by Thursday, Friday, Wednesday, Monday, Saturday, and Sunday. Of course I tweet more during the work week than the weekends! I'm also in front of a computer much more often on the weekdays vs the weekends.
  • 38% of my tweets on Tuesday have come from the Web category - majority via the Share button.
  • The month I have tweeted the most is April 2013 ... that's when I tweeted almost 400 times! That's an average of over 13 tweets per day. Wow!
  • When my tweets have originated from twitter, I've used Twitter for Android the most (since it's so convenient on my phone), followed by (webpage), and Twitter for iPad.
Check out my twitter feed viz below for more details. 

Instructions: Click on any item to filter for more detail. You can select multiple items by holding down Ctrl while clicking. To return to the original screen, just click on the same item again. You can find more data by hovering over items in the various charts/visualizations.