Like all quasi-autistic geeks, I love pointless factoids – almost as much as meaningless statistics. Such as the fact that the Tokelau Islands boast a staggering 1,300+ domain registrations per capita.
So I was delighted to learn that Disraeli’s glib one-liner – “lies, damned lies and statistics” – now has a Web 2.0 proof with Swivel.com.
Swivel bills itself as a Web 2.0 data visualization site. So far, so boring. But what it excels at is one of my favourite past times: using statistics to prop up baseless-but-fun assertions. Let’s examine some of my favourite examples:
- Wine consumption vs violent crime
- Drug use in the USA vs the Dow Jones
- NASDAQ as predictor of shark attacks
Now Joe Schmo can now equate cause and effect with no supporting evidence beyond a super-swish 3D line graph. Now that’s what I call organising the world’s information!
PS. I am a genuine fan of Swivel, despite my droll examples, so be sure to try it out.