Thursday, June 29, 2017

Shadiness with Imgly.org links

A reddit user named Netherland-Haguee posted an Imgly.org link yesterday in the "DataIsBeautiful" subreddit.  He tagged the link as "OC" which means "original content."  The folks at DataIsBeautiful appreciate it when people share data visualizations that they designed themselves.

The problem is the chart form Imgly.org wasn't original.  It showed internet speeds around the world, and was titled:  "Average internet connection speed in Q3 2016 {in Mpbs}."

I'll paste it below:














But the exact same bar graph had been floating around the internet since last year.  I found a copy in a BusinessInsider article from December.

Why would you call something "OC" if it's not original content? Was the typo in the title supposed to distinguish it as something novel?