Dopplr's spacetimegeist

Matt Jones from Dopplr (a social networking site for travelers) sez, "We've been chewing some of the data from our first year of Dopplr, and just spat out some infonuggets about the year in travels, including a socially-generated map of the globe... Google has the zeitgeist (spirit of the times), but we have the Raumzeitgeist (The spirit of Spacetime!)"

The top ten trips were:

* London to Paris
* San Francisco to New York
* Helsinki to London
* London to New York
* San Francisco to Los Angeles
* New York to San Francisco
* Boston to New York
* Los Angeles to San Francisco
* London to Amsterdam
* London to San Francisco

Link (Thanks, Matt!)


  1. Tokyo to Sapporo is the busiest air route in the world, by a fair margin. Did this include only international flights?

  2. Can’t be only international, seein’ as several of the above listed flights are within the us. I’d say it’s more likely that the social aspect of the networking site leans toward westerners. But that’s just my guess.

  3. I’m curious about the top 10 list. Slightly more people are going from my hometown San Francisco to New York, than are coming back.

    Two theories:
    1) They like New York better! And stay.
    2) They get murdered.

  4. Seems an awful lot of Finns have come to London. Where are they?
    It doesn’t seem they have gone straight back home.

    London to Paris is probably a summation of train and airline trips. Again, not so many have made the return journey? Is there something we should know?

  5. #6: Most major cities and destinations in Canada are in the southern part of the country. I think the top of what looks like the US on that map is actually Canada (to help orient you, the indent on the east side is Washington DC, the indent on the west is Seattle). The parts of Canada that don’t appear on the map are the northern areas of 6 provinces, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. The dots NW of “the US” are 4 cities in Alaska, and Whitehorse in the Northwest Territories.

    Anyway, thanks for the link–this map (and the whole dopplr website) is a really interesting look at economic globalization from the perspective of the jet-setting business class…

  6. I was wondering a bit about Helsinki – London and even more about Finland being in the top ten destination countries, until I saw this was only dopplr users traffic patterns. An awful lot of Finns on dopplr then.

  7. “socially-generated”?

    They sat around with some beers on a Friday night and let the computer mine some data?

    I hope this was just tongue in cheek.

  8. Again, (travel)history is being documented (and therefore written) by those who can.

    Would be interesting to see the recorded travel-behavior of the world’s war refugees during the years.

    ..and why is the discussion sponsored by hp?? Do I get some free overpriced print cartridges now? :)

Comments are closed.