How corrupt is your govt? See this map of the world showing corruption levels. 

via Transparency International

Fathoming Amazon: 9 Things to Know #Infographic

Did Daily Deal Sites Jump the Shark? [Infographic]

It’s tough to be a startup in the daily deals space these days. To quantify some of this, CB Insights has released a report covering valuation multiples for both M&A and venture financing for Daily Deal startups. It’s not a pretty picture as valuation multiples both price per subscriber & price per voucher are dropping quickly. Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal (courtesy of aggregator Yipit) reported that nearly one-third (170 out of 530) all daily deal sites have been shut down or acquired. If you blend the Yipit Data with the CB Insights data it looks like 98 have been shut down and 72 have been acquired. (Of course this is two separate data sets so you have to be careful but it’s probably directionally accurate.)

The Lifespan of a Link - NYTimes

A graph shows the average lifespan of 1,000 popular links on Bit.ly.

Pop quiz. How long do you think a fresh new link lasts online before people stop clicking on it? The answer: on average, just shy of 3 hours. If you ask the same question about a news-related link, the answer is a measly 5 minutes.

According to new research by Bit.ly, the URL shortening service, most links shared online don’t live very long and quickly get lost amid the noise of our digitally distracted universe. The research found that links across all genres, from comedy to news, follow the same pattern, receiving an initial burst of attention, which quickly peaks, and then the link essentially dies.

The research determined a link’s longevity by measuring its half life — the point at which it has received half the clicks it will receive online. 

Hilary Mason, Bit.ly’s lead scientist, found that links have different lifespans if they are posted on Facebook and Twitter or sent through e-mail or chat clients. After analyzing 1,000 popular links shared on bit.ly, Ms. Mason discovered that the average half life of a link on Twitter is 2.8 hours. On Facebook it’s 3.2 hours, and for e-mail and messenger services it’s 3.4 hours. This means a link gets an extra 24 minutes of life on Facebook compared to Twitter.

But not all links are created equal, as Ms. Mason notes. Links shared from YouTube hit their half life after 7.4 hours. “As clickers, we remain interested in links on YouTube for a much longer period of time,” Ms. Mason writes.

News has a much shorter life. A recent article by The Washington Post that was shared during the East Coast earthquake quickly lost reader interest after just 5 minutes. This is likely because new links were being shared at such a rapid pace.

Looks like I have a lot of positive improving to do! :) • Twitter data-generated infographic by @visually

The New York Times wins the interactive tools and visualization competition for the #Hurricanepocalypse, hands down.