The World Cup, Facebook, and The New York Times

During the World Cup, the New York Times tracked Facebook data that measured, on a daily basis, the number of times users mentioned top world cup players in their profile posts.  The results of the data are displayed via visual images of the players, which grow or shrink depending upon the number of times users mentioned their names.

The application demonstrates the unique way that data and interactive technology can enable story-telling.  In this instance, user-generated content is used to tell the narrative of a global audience’s interaction with a global sporting event over a month-long period.


Hutaree Militia in Adrian, Michigan

Trailer in Michigan

How The FBI Got Inside the Hutaree Militia

This story recalled to me my homeland, Southeastern Michigan, and the militiamen who, in the fields and wooded hills, practice their rights of freedom and act on the adage: “I love my country but hate my government.”  This was a unique instance of a militia working with the government; a point whose significance NPR didn’t quite grasp.  For those of you who aren’t from these area, just know this: there are people like this there, lots of them, just miles from the cozy confines of Ann Arbor.

Witness the Destruction in Port-Au-Prince

Image of the destruction in Port-Au-Prince

The New York Times consistently excels at using interactive functionality to engage users in stories.  This is one of the best examples I’ve seen:  two satellite photos, one interactive feature.  The result:  a comprehensive story of the Destruction in Port-Au-Prince, controlled by the user.