Visualizing the Crowds at a Web Site


Abstract:A visualization of the crowds of people visiting a web site is developed. Visitors are drawn as icons on a map of the web site; the animation of people's movements conveys the crowd dynamics of visitors. The visualization combines three pieces: a map of the web site, an iconic representation of individual visitors, and an interpretation of the dynamics of visitor patterns to show crowd phenomena. The effect is to make a web site look like a social, active space.

Keywords: Web visualization, crowds, dynamic visualization

To appear in the CHI '99 Late Breaking Papers.

This project was part of Judith Donath's social visualization course. We studied ways to represent the social side of the Internet. My weekly design sketches are also online.

Nelson Minar Created: December 13, 1998
<> Updated: March 9, 1999