For anyone ever who's studied Geography and only been asked, "What's the capital of Canada?" For anyone who's wanted to show that not all Americans are geographical morons. For anyone who thinks knowing about the world at large is, quite frankly, a good thing.
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My first attempt at a typographic map. Don’t be content with the shrunken version up there: this thing is pretty dang sprawling: I’ve prepped a mind-boggling 12,500 pixel wide version you can enjoy exploring:
This map was produced by running all the various countries’ “History of _____” Wikipedia article through a word cloud, then writing out the most common word to fit into the country’s boundary. The result is thousands of years of human history oversimplified into 100-some words.
I’ve also prepared a reader’s companion to highlight a few of the more interesting findings. Read it here.
The United States, which tends to dominate social media rankings, came in just 10th on this analysis, with an average Klout score of 33. They note, however, that: “[T]his isn’t to say that tweets emanating from the U.S. as a whole are not influential. The U.S. is the world’s largest source of content on Twitter. This massive amount of information pushed through the platform undoubtedly means that American users in the aggregate have a large amount of visibility.”