Infographics are shifting the way people find and experience stories, creating a new way of seeing the world of data. They help communicate complex ideas in a clear, compact and beautiful way, taking deep data and presenting it in visual shorthand. Visual.ly is new online service that helps you to create infographics online instantly.
What is Visual.ly ?
Visual.ly is a new online service that features over 2000 infographics on a range of topics from economics to history. The site also has tools to help people interested in creating their own infographics get started, build them, and share them with a community of fans and companies like CNN, National Geographic, the Wall Street Journal and more.
How to Create Infographics Online
If you’re interested in making your own, the Visual.ly Labs give you the tools to build your own. Twitterize Yourself is one such tool that lets you to compare yourself with another Twitter user, or with a Twitter celebrity. The site will add additional templates soon to help more data-driven groups present their research in interesting ways.
Here’s a look at Visual.ly’s Twitter Visualizer Project at work: @Swamykant VS @Barackobama:
The ‘outfits’ and ‘accessories’ are chosen based upon keywords most associated for your profile. For example, if you tweet a lot about wineries, you will see a wine glass in your hand; Go to the ballpark often? Then your avatar will be dressed in a sports jersey and so on. There are a total of 11 possible outfits that depict your overall Twitter personality and 29 different accessories that could be assigned to show your interests.
They also provide some cool diagrams of data depicting the amount of tweets, followers, people you’re following and the amount of tweets you see per day and can find who’s the bigger retweeter, who’s more social, who’s more interesting and what your comparative followers to following ratios are, as well as topics you potentially have in common.
Once the Visual.ly exclusive Twitterize yourself infographic has been created, you can share with your friends via Twitter and Facebook and on your blog with ease.
Try http://visual.ly to create your own infographics online.