Like Jess, I find watching this map where wikipedia edits rather fascinating. Look how these edits pop up almost as fast as they happen. This is the same principle as the World as a Blog map*, of course, both visualisations being splendid ways of letting us see how we’re collaborating, now, in a sense, across vast distances.
I actually imagined that Wikipedia edits were more frequent than this map suggests, just as I found the World as a Blog’s reporting of blog posts surprisingly sparse. Indeed, the Wikipedia’s Recent Changes page shows more than 50 changes made just in the last minute. Clearly the WikipediaVision map leaves out a fair bit of the world, but even considering that, they must be using some algorithm that leaves out most edits in their visualisation. I wonder why?
*Which seems no longer to work?
watching wikipediavision makes me feel all tingly inside. i wish there were a way to scroll back in the bubbles that have popped up. maybe if there was a widget developed or a program, i would love that. i wish i could make one.