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How Infographics Are Ruining The Web

We can't post a quote from this (or any) infographic, because you can't copy text from a graphic. Also, infographic "facts" tend to be unreliable, but this particular one is just trying to make an overall point, so go see it at SplatF. Link -via Boing Boing

Sometimes "infographics" are awesome. Open up your copy of Tufte's Visualizing Information to the graphic that demonstrated that a cholera epidemic was spread almost entirely through one water fountain, or the county-by-county cancer death rates in the US, and you'll doubtless agree that graphic displays of information can be beautiful and useful.

But most of what people package as "infographics" on today's series of electronic tubes really belongs in the _other_ series of tubes. Most do nothing to elucidate data relationships but instead just "look pretty". Meh.

if your website is useless on w3m, it speaks volumes about what content it provides that is worth keeping.
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When they first came out, infographic posts were interesting and neat. We posted quite a few ourselves, but as time went on, we started getting pitches and soon realized that the infographics were for SEO purposes.
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Why can't you quote from a graphic that includes words and not just an image? Granted that you can not electronically copy and paste the text, but that doesn't prevent a person from quoting it by manual transcription.

"You do realize those 1000x9000 pixel images full of gradients and bad clip art are slowing down you site's load time, right?"

Wow, I somehow magically quoted the un-quotable and posted it.
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