A week on Foursquare mapped

The Wall Street Journal has published a fascinating, in-depth analysis of user data from location sharing app Foursquare for San Francisco and New York. The idea: to look at differences between behaviour patterns in the two cities.

heat map of Foursquare check-ins in New YorkA weeks worth of user data from January 2011 is visualized on an animated series of heat maps highlighting where the most check-ins occurred. Further charts and maps break down details into most popular venues and categories, also comparing the two sexes.

When it comes to the biggest differences between cities:

New Yorkers go for bars, train stations and corporate offices, while Bay Area residents prefer coffee shops, grocery stores, gas stations and light rail.

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