Made by the people behind Marumushi Newsmap, FlickrGraph takes your Flickr contacts and tags, rendering them in a playful interactive Flash-based application, enabling you to hope from person to person.
Recently , there seems to be a burst of graphing applications, including Music Plasma and the Audioscrobbler browser. With the explosion of personal data (blogs, wikis, music, photos etc.), there's an interesting wave of innovations seeking to make sense of this cloud of personal data with compelling user experiences.
Jonathan Harris's Number 27 is doing some of the most interesting work in interactive media at the moment.
His 10x10 project (pictured) gathers photos from news organisations (Reuters, BBC News and the New York Times) and arranges them into an hourly photo-montage of the state of the world...providing a 'continuous patchwork tapestry of human life'...analagous to the Marumushi Newsmap.
Built with the Google News aggregator, the Marumushi Newsmap is a great example of where graphic design can be used to distill complex data into a simple, ambient information source.
Newsmap attempts to visually demonstrate the relationship between data and the unseen patterns in global news. Story types are categorised by colour (Red = World, Blue + Business etc.) and size (larger type indicates frequency of the story) - filters are also available to constrain news by country and by category...very much an intuitive 'at-a-glance' resource.
Newsmap would make for a great Time Square billboard :)