Australian Sport Foursquare Data Visualized

This entry was posted by Laura on Monday, 7 February, 2011 at

One of the problems trying to visualize Foursquare data is if you have zero checkins for an event, it is the same as not having recorded any data for the event.  So you have a better idea of what is being visualized and what events are not included, the raw data set for events is available at .  (I had over 500 locations.  Of those, I think fewer than 150 had a checkin.) My location to latitude/longitude program wanted to put some Perth locations in the middle of Western Australia.  Whoops!  Foursquare checkins are grouped by sport.  Thus, the WNBL and NBL are grouped together, and the W-League and A-League are grouped together.  If I had more data points, this would probably be a bit more interesting.  Another thing to consider: Sometimes there are 3 different foursquare listings for the same location and each one gets treated differently.

I’m missing data between February 4 and February 7.  Luckily for today, I didn’t actually have any sport events.  We’ll see how this looks long term as more events get added, as cricket season ends and the AFL gets going.

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  • Robert Latchford

    For a long time I have been a strong supporter of foursquare but my interest is waning. Last night they had a major outage during the Superbowl tie up with the NFL. My guess is there will be quite a bit of fall out from it as many users couldn’t unlock badges – so this will give facebook places some momentum in the shortterm.

  • LauraH

    So confused. How does that connect to this post? Please explain?

  • Adelaide La Blanche-Dupont

    I understand the bit about the outage, I think.

    Someone was saying that they were 12,000,000 kilometres [miles?] from the ground where the Super Bowl was to be played. This was a glitch.

    There was a tieup with the NFL? (I usually understand this to be a tie-in: where there might be a commercial connection: if there was not a technical difficulty).

    The locking and unlocking of badges is very important, I should imagine.

    Facebook Places.

    I’m thinking that if there was another event on the scale of the Australian Open (which is distributed on many grounds) and the organisation didn’t co-operate with FourSquare, there would be a similar problem.

    Really enjoying looking at PocketInfo. I have it bookmarked.

    If your interest is waning, and this is echoed by others who are highly engaged in social media and sport, then there might be consequences on a bigger scale. Is Facebook Places used by people who are similarly highly engaged, or is their interest/purpose probably more casual?

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