Ooh, Pretty Dots!

I’m a sucker for info-viz toys. Slate’s News Dots gives a graphical analysis of patterns in over 500 news stories per day over a three day running window. Makes me clap and giggle like a little geeky girl. And the dots are very pretty too…

Each common tag is a News Dot. Dots are connected if their tags appear in the same story. And the dots are sized according to the number of stories that reference them. You can click on each dot to get links to the stories that mention that dot’s tag.

Slate has always been one of my favorite online resources, mainly because they have been a leader over the years about aggregating content in reader-friendly ways. Though I do miss the Today’s Papers feature and The Slatest does not make an adequate replacement, they have a very cool new tool indeed.

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