Flickr Tag Visualization Over Time

This visualization from Yahoo research is very interesting. I attended a talk at eTech where the speaker diss’ed the famous Minard’s Napoleon’s advance graph saying "but it didn’t help Napoleon make a single decision." The audience of course vehemently protested, echoing Tufte in a manner like Trekkies quote Spoc, "but it wasn’t designed for that! It was a antiwar protest poster!"

My vote? The Yahoo flickr tag visual is data as art and not designed for decision making.

Reading the comments on the digg story, the best part is the link to the paper explaining the technique used. Data mining such a large time sensitive data set is not easy. I like the fact they explained how they did it.

Via some guy via digg.