Review: Create instant Infographics Using Infogr.am

I’m sure you might have heard of the saying ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’. It is much easier to express your ideas using pictures/infographic. But the problem with infographic is that it takes a lot of time and effort to create a good looking and information rich infographic.

Well, that’s where the web app called Infogr.am comes into play. Infogr.am tries to make the infographic creation effortless and simple.

Their homepage is really simple and elegant. When you click the huge ‘Start Now’ button, you will be taken to the login page. You will have to login or register before you can start creating your infographic. Like most new web apps, Infogr.am allows you to login using either Twitter or Facebook account. You can also register using the traditional email based sign up process. Once you login, you can instantly start building your infographic.

There are options to create basic charts or infographics. Currently there are only about 5 templates for both infographic and charts. But all of them are pretty neat, elegant and quite different from one another. Hopefully they will add more templates soon. Along with textual data, Infogr.am also allows you to add your own images to your chart or infographic which is pretty cool.

Once you select a template, simply enter the data through an interface that reminds of Excel and within minutes you will have your chart or infographic for download. You have the option to save your work to their online library as well for future retrieval.

What I liked about infogr.am is their design. It is extremely simple and it doesn’t take any effort to create stunning graphics. I just felt that it would be better if they could provide a few more templates for us to use. Their website says that they will be adding a store section soon. So we can expect premium templates in the future.

All in all, Infogr.am is an excellent service that delivers what it promises. If you are a person who wants to create charts or infographic without using any image editors, you should definitely check this one out.

 

Startup Review: Visualize your Resumes Using ResumUP

When it comes to job searching, having a resume that stands out, has all the relevant information and one that is a reflection of yourself definitely helps.

ResumUP is a web 2.0 service that creates a visually captivating resume for you. You can either login using your Facebook account or LinkedIn account. ResumUP will then analyse your data and convert it into a graphical resume.

The signup is a pretty straightforward process. As I mentioned above, you can use either your Facebook or LinkedIn account to login. Once logged in, you can immediately start building your resume by clicking the My Resume button at the top of the screen.

You can either choose to have a normal non-graphical resume or the more compelling graphical one. Most of the data will be automatically added depending on the information on the social profile that you used to sign in.

 

 

Apart from the general information such as education, work experience etc. you can also include more detailed information about your identity and skills using an easily manageable grading system. The Identity rating system was pretty straight forward to use but the Skill set infographic had me thinking for a minute to setup. May be that was just me, but I think they should have had made it just like the Identity section.

Once completed, you can share your resume using various sharing options provided by ResumUP, as well as download it as a PDF or PNG for attaching with emails or taking a printout. One thing I liked about the Export feature was that you could control the amount of information that you actually wanted in the PDF/PNG. That is, if you were intending to submit your resume to a particular company or individual and didn’t want to include your ‘intention’ such as the salary or position you are expecting, you can do that.

All in all, it is a very easy to use service with an easy-to-use interface. There aren’t many templates to choose from, but the one it uses is really compelling and interesting. I felt that one drawback was that there was no way you could download it without the ResumUP watermark. It would have been nice to have a paid option to download the resume without the watermark. So if you are a job seeker looking for a way to beef up your resume, ResumUP is a definitely a nice service to use.

Mobile Phone Penetration Across The World [Infographic]

At this point of time I have 4 mobile phones on me, my colleague has two and my boss has about 5 (he changes them regularly). Now that is not an amazing stat in itself, however, as you can see we have a huge mobile penetration amongst ourselves.

Now, that in African regions there is only one phone used by around 2.4 users or 4 phones for every 10 persons. In Europe the penetration is 0.8 people per mobile or 13 phones every 10 people. In Italy almost all users have 2 phones whereas in US there is 1 mobile for every 1.1 person.

These stats come from the latest data made available from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) which breaks down and tracks the number of people for every SIM card subscription across different continents.

The folks at Nokia Conversations created an infographic that shows mobile phone distributions across several continents from this data. You can see the infographic below.

Mobile Phone Penetration Infographic

So how many phones do you own? Do let me know through your comments.

Indian Internet Growth; 25K Users in 1998 to 100 Million in 2010 [Infographic]

India is one of leading countries in the world which has seen a large growth in Internet usage. It also incidentally has the world’s largest number of mobile users, currently around 600 million.

So how much has India grown? Well, from a meager 25,000 users in 1998 it has grown to 100 million users. Though it is hardly 10% of the Indian population it still puts India at number 3 in world Internet users after China and the United States.

Internet was first started out in 1995 and has radically grown through the years. Most of the Indians go online to check emails, visit social networking sites like , and , download music, instant messaging, watching online videos and more. However, India does lag behind in one area; internet speed. They are currently ranked at number 144 with an average speed of 1.42 Mbps speed.

Interesting facts right? Check out the entire infographic of growth of Internet users in India through 2010 below (click to enlarge).

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(h/t @manan – via Flickr)

Is The Internet Hurting The Environment? [Infographic]

Being in existence for over 28 years now, I have come to hear several times on how humanoids and their inventions are destroying the environment. From car emissions to the Ozone layer, this discussion is never ending. We have been so worried about global warming that countries all across the world have now started to buck up their environmental friendly measures.

But what about the internet? The thing we are always on to chat with friends, social network on and , and maybe sometimes use to work. Is it hurting our environment in anyways?

Well, according to Word Stream it will. Every Google Search you do emits equivalent CO2 as much as driving your car for 3 inches. Each spam message you get produces the equivalent of 0.3 grams of CO2. Surprised? Well then check out the infographic below created by Word Stream to know more such facts.

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