Visual.ly, the world’s largest database of infographics and data visualizations, has launched a fun new tool that lets you make an infographic of yourself to see how your Twitter behavior compares to that of your favorite celebs, from Hollywood digerati like Lady Gaga and Ashton Kutcher to Web gurus like Guy Kawasaki and Kevin Rose.
The Twitter Visualizer launched yesterday, as part of an initiative to promote visual.ly, which currently serves as a community for exploring, sharing and promoting data visualizations and plans to launch a lab that will let you actually create your own infographics by year’s end. Tal Siach, visual.ly’s Chief Marketing Officer is calling the site, “YouTube for infographics.”
I had the opportunity to speak with Tal this morning to find out more about the company, but before we get to that, take a look at this awesome infographic I made with the Twitter Visualizer, comparing myself to the one and only Shaq! Megan O’Neill vs. Shaquille O’Neal…booyah!
So what exactly is visual.ly? It is, for all intents and purposes, the new home for infographics on the web. Tal tells me that visual.ly is currently home ot over 2,000 infographics from companies and brands like Jess3, KISSmetrics, Flowtown, Wix, Column Five, The Wall Street Journal and more. There are infographics on all sorts of topics from animals to the environment, sex and love, social media, transportation, technology, sports, entertainment and more.
But the coolest thing about visual.ly, if you ask me, is that they are working on a product that will let users actually create their own infographics through the site. Tal says, “People are creative and have great ideas [but simply don’t have the means of bringing these ideas to life]. This is where visual.ly comes into play—to help people make these ideas a reality.” Currently, if you want to create an infographic for your brand or company, you have to go to a designer who may charge upwards of $2,000 or $3,000. Visual.ly plans to provide you with the tools you need to create infographics on your own. If the infographics you can create using visual.ly look half as good as the Twitter Visualization graphics, I’d say people are going to be pretty pleased!
Tal tells me that the product is still in development, but visual.ly is hoping to launch a demo by the end of the year. Click here to register for early access. And let us know what you think about visual.ly in the comments below. Oh! And don’t forget to click here to create your own personalized infographic to see how you stack up to your favorite celebs.
I am so excited about visual.ly and can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store! How about you?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.