Foursquare Check-Ins Reveal Holiday Travel of Nerdy Americans

Social media gives a glimpse into how we celebrate Thanksgiving.

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    Foursquare check-ins gave a hint at where Americans were traveling on Thanksgiving.

    Did you check-in to Foursquare on both ends of a trip over Thanksgiving or Christmas last year? If so, you're probably somewhere on this infographic.

    Foursquare (it's a website and mobile app that keeps track of places you visit) collects a lot of data on a lot of different people. It's all anonymized, of course, but that doesn't mean that you can't pull a lot of interesting stuff out of it, and a Foursquare designer put together this graph of 2010 holiday travel patterns.

    Click to belargeify:

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    Each one of those colored lines represents a trip by either plane or train, while the white dots show travel by car. The graph along the bottom shows how travel volume changes during November and December. If you take one thing away from this picture, let it be this: as far as Foursquare nerds are concerned, the entire state of Montana might as well not even exist.

    Foursquare, via Tech Review

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