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Share Your Mundane Details

Pie chart of ingesting liquid

The web has all sorts of data, but it’s sorely missing yours. If you request an account from Daytum, you can change that.

The site lets its users collect data about themselves and share it via beautiful charts. Track your coffee consumption, how often you exercise, or anything else that matters to you.

One of the site’s creators, Nicholas Felton creates a personal annual report each year that shows his year in data. Through gorgeous visualizations, Felton shows off the mundane. And now you can, too.

Felton gave a talk about the history of Daytum at the Future of Web Design. His slides are embedded below:

Using the site is super easy. You can drop in, add some data, and drop out. There’s also a Twitter submission system, for adding your data on the go.

The site is so simple, yet has a number of options for users. There’s lots of room for improvement, such as an API to allow some automated inclusion of data. Overall, this is a fun, easy-to-use site that’s worth checking out.

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Google Data Visualization Opens a New Web

Google Visualization APIThe Google Visualization API is now open to any data source, as long as it is connected to the web. Previously only Google Spreadsheets could be used as a source. With the announcement, enterprise CRM provider Salesforce.com released tools for working with its data.

Given the enterprisey feel of this announcement, it’s easy to miss the big picture for the web. Google is encouraging companies to open up their data. The future of the web is one big mashup, but that requires every service to have an API. It helps to have Google encouraging that behavior.

When the Visualization API was first released, it looked like a replacement for Excel charts. Now it’s bringing these charts, and the data inside them, to the web at large.

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