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Humanity’s digital footprint, as visualized by Foursquare’s check-in maps

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These maps show a greater digital diversity that you’d expect; one that matches density and movement rather than the trendy neighborhoods that Foursquare’s detractors say it specializes in.

— Rafat Ali

Mobile application Foursquare has released a gorgeous map of the data it collects from users who broadcast where they are to friends. (The startup is using the map of 500 million check-ins to argue that it can provide intelligent recommendations to users even if they don’t want to share their location.) I used the map to examine 10 cities that have particularly striking “footprints” comprised entirely of check-ins by Foursquare users on their mobile phones, revealing the contours of geography, density, and popularity in each locale.

Moscow, Russia

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Istanbul, Turkey

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Paris, France

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Mumbai, India

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San Francisco, United States

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London, UK

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Jakarta, Indonesia

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Barcelona, Spain

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Los Angeles, United States

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 This story originally appeared on Quartz, a Skift content partner.

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