The following was originally posted by our sister company, Inflection Point Global, at http://inflectionpointglobal.com/where-have-i-been
Earlier this week, I decided to cyber-stalk myself using data available from my Instagram feed. I was both curious about the public footprints I’ve left behind and wanted to test out some ideas we’re working on for upcoming products. Surprisingly, what I found was actually pretty spooky…
First, I mapped all of my Instagram photos at a macro level. Each of those markers on the map below is a photo. At a glance, you can tell where I live and where I like to travel.
It gets far more interesting though when you zoom into Boston on the map. Because Instagram tags each photo with the exact latitude and longitude coordinates of where the photo was posted from, you can see clusters and patterns start to appear.
As you click each marker on the map, the actual photo appears and it becomes extremely easy to discern things like: where my office is, where I went to graduate school (and when) and where I live now.