Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Our Signal: Page Cloud Visualization of Digg, Reddit, Delicious, Hacker news

Category: jQuery, Showcase

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Our Signal takes Digg, Reddit, Delicious, and Hacker News and creates a full page cloud visualization using jQuery.

The size of the box reflects the popularity, and the color lets you know the acceleration of that popularity. If the color is warm, it is on the rise, and vice versa for cool colors.

I like seeing alternative visualizations, but I have to admit I am not a huge fan of tag cloud style views. You?

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Just to nitpick, this particular visualization is called a treemap. Here’s way more than anyone would want to know about them: http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/treemap-history/index.shtml

Comment by Andrew Clarke — June 18, 2008

Look like a particular favorite blog of mine needs to pick up a copy of Designing Interfaces by Jennifer Tidwell. *cough!*

Comment by ilazarte — June 18, 2008

Oh god, why? This is horrendous. More importantly, it’s useless. It’s nothing but noise.

Comment by mrdanimal — June 19, 2008

And in my FF, the script takes so long it gives me an alert. Not good.

Comment by Matt — June 19, 2008

what’s wrong wit a little experimentation… I like it, and I hadn’t heard of a couple articles until I checked this out.

Comment by holts — June 19, 2008

Don’t dare attempt to resize the page – you’ll be welcomed with a 5 second wait at least in FF2 (haven’t upgraded this machine yet.) The resize detection needs to be optimized.

Otherwise pretty neat.

Comment by krunkosaurus — June 20, 2008

It’s a neat idea, but I’ve just never found treemaps very understandable.
This tends to come out as a giant jumble.

Comment by Adam Sanderson — June 22, 2008

There’s an old (and fairly better): http://marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/newsmap.cfm

Comment by laet — June 23, 2008

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