The World According to Flickr
Quick, what’s this? Ants?!? It had better not be ants. Fuck do I hate ants.
Hmm, this is looking more familiar (hint: tilt your head).
Another hint (if you don’t get this one, you’re out):
If you are guessing “Eric Fischer” and “Flickr” you are correct! They are from a world map made from geotagged photos. (Maps above are the American west (Sierras to Rockies), the west coast of North America, and the UK to Italy).
The darkest pixels are where a geotagged picture was posted in May, 2004, the oldest data I have, and get lighter and lighter by month for places where the oldest available picture is more and more recent. The areas that are totally white have no geotagged pictures at all.
Eric once again delivers a unique and practical algorithmic approach, shading the data by age — otherwise the map would be a dark, swarming mass (and entirely too ant like).