Thursday 10th October, 2013
4:25pm to 4:45pm
Web 2.0, with its emphasis on the sharing of content, has revolutionized the way maps are disseminated. A map's success is now measured by its accrual of retweets, comments, likes, and pageviews; by extension, cartographers find themselves eagerly hoping their next big project will end up going viral. To go viral, however, a map must resonate with the peculiar and often fickle tastes of the vast internet populous. What opportunities and challenges await cartographers trying to have their maps hit it big on the web? To what degree do the qualities that propel a map to internet stardom conflict with those qualities valued by us as cartographic professionals? This talk will examine the most popular maps of recent memory, and relate the author's own experience in having a map go viral, in the hopes of better understanding how cartographers should adapt to this share-driven world of internet culture.
Cartography MS from UW Madison. I'm here to talk about cool maps. | http://www.about.maphugger.com/ bio from Twitter
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