I’m a big fan of Matt Hurst, even if he’s rooting for the Czech Republic over the US in today’s match. (We had a long talk a couple days back about the algorithms people use to decide who to root for. As a Scot of English and Czech descent, married to a Japanese woman, and living in the US, he’s got as much complexity as I do when I figure out who to cheer for in the US/Ghana match next week.)
Matt knows me as a quantitative Internet researcher, something I’ve been doing a poor job of being lately, as Global Voices has been taking roughly 150% of my possible work hours. But Matt got a chance to hear me talk about Global Voices at the Annenberg conference, and was excited about what he heard – he’s responded with an interesting visualization of some Global Voices data.
Using feeds we’ve entered into Bloglines to help aggregate some of our favorite sources, Matt’s produced a visualization of many of the blogs we use to compile roundups. The bloglines data is several months old – for instance, we’re now tracking several great blogs from the DRC, which doesn’t appear on the map – but it still gives you a great sense for the global reach of the project. (My fault, not his – I’ll need to update that bloglines feed, or send Matt some better OPML.) Thanks, Matt.