Introducing Google+ Ripples: A Google+ Data Visualization in Development - More Accurate Starting Point in Google Maps

Google's Eighth Annual Computer Science Faculty Summit opened in Mountain View with a fascinating talk by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, leaders of the data visualization group at Google's Cambridge office.They provided insight into their design process in visualizing big data, by highlighting the developement of Google+ Ripples and a map of the wind they […]

Google's Eighth Annual Computer Science Faculty Summit opened in Mountain View with a fascinating talk by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, leaders of the data visualization group at Google's Cambridge office.

They provided insight into their design process in visualizing big data, by highlighting the developement of Google+ Ripples and a map of the wind they created.

""Google+ Ripples," a visualization that shows how news spreads on Google+. The visualization shows spheres of influence and different patterns of spread," Google stated.

For example, "someone might post a video to their Google+ page and if it goes viral, we'll see several circles in the visualization. This depicts the influence of different individuals sharing content, both in terms of the number of their followers and the re-shares of the video, and has revealed that individuals are at times more influential than organizations in the social media domain," explains Fernanda.

Google+ ripples : A data visualization in development

Now, when you embark on a journey on Google Maps, you won't start from your current location. Starting today, Google automatically zooming into your city as the starting point for your search.

"We show the details of your starting point in the left panel. And if for some reason your starting point isn't correct you can easily add your street address, zip code, city and state, or country by clicking on the Correct it link," Google informed.

Location information displayed on left with option to correct it.

Google Maps now automatically zoom to starting points

For those of you who've already set a Default Location with Google Maps, may find this smart new feature helpful.