This is the time of year we all slow down and reflect upon the last twelve months. What were our accomplishments in 2013? What were our goals? Where did we go? Who did we meet? I like to review my calendar to see the people I met in the year (thar be treasures). I re-read my blog posts and I also love to get geeky by visualizing the data I created on popular social networks. Each of the following free services will create short, entertaining videos and maps to summarize 2013. I expect the results of each one will surprise and delight you. Here are five ways to visualize 2013.
1. Vizify.com is a personal website service. They have been catching plenty of popularity lately by providing Twitter users with a short, personalized video summary of 2013. Mine included my most popular photos, terms, videos, people I interacted with most, when I tweeted, and my most popular tweet of the year. You can see my Vizify video here: https://www.vizify.com/dave-delaney/twitter-video
2. Statigr.am is a third-party service used to manage your Instagram account. I love the way they provide you with visual analytics that even Instagram doesn't give you. This year they provided users with a short video summary of your most popular photos and videos. Visit the site, and click Snapshots at the top of the page. Choose the 2013 Best Moments on Instagram video option, and send it to your email. You will receive a 15 second video soon after, which you can upload and share on Instagram. Check out my video here: http://instagram.com/p/iZOhi8zCD0/
3. Google+ surprised me with a great collection of photos and videos in a thirty second video summary. You need to have auto upload activated on your Google+ account to find this video. I use auto upload as an additional way to privately back-up my photos - just in case. You can never have too many backups of your family photos and important documents.
4. LinkedIn Maps is not so much a yearly summary as it is a clever way to visualize your professional network. Visit http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com/ and follow the simple steps to get a colorful overview of your business network.
5. Let's not forget the almighty Facebook. Facebook also compiled a year in review page dedicated to your most popular posts from 2013. It's a good way to look back and reflect upon milestones and events that occurred this year. You'll find your Year in Review at: https://www.facebook.com/yearinreview
In my book, New Business Networking, I urge my readers to start a blog. If you have a personal or company blog, consider the results from these visualizations as great content. You may choose to share the video or map in a blog post, or perhaps the results will spark ideas for a new blog post. Playing with each service gave me the idea for the article you are reading right now.
Happy New Year.
This article, It's easy to look at past year, originally appeared in the Tennessean.