Even the most organized email inbox is mind-numbing to look at, let alone to parse. But a team from the MIT Media lab has created a new way for you to see your email, as an intimate and elegant visualization of your life, organized around people.

Tracing every email you’ve ever sent, a new tool called Immersion crafts a complex web of our lives and relationships. The program maps your personal life in a web of circles and lines that shows who you’ve communicated with and how often since you first opened your email account.

Curious who you emailed the most in September 2010? Or how many 3am emails you’ve sent? Immersion can even trace a specific relationship, from the first email sent, to the most recent exchange.

Watch data scientists Deepak Jagdish and Daniel Smilkov explain how Immersion works and how it came to be:

Read more on the TED blog

24,000 TEDx Talks from around the world visualized in a gorgeous new infographic

If we could map the ideas spread at TEDx events worldwide — in Bolivia and Brazil, Australia and Antarctica, Poland and Peru — what would it look like? In today’s talk over at TED.com, ecologist Eric Berlow and physicist Sean Gourley let us know.

The big data-obsessed pair took the entire archive of TEDx Talks — over 20,000 ideas worth spreading — and built algorithms to transform them into an visual ecosystem of global ideas.

Check out some of their visualizations above, which transform TEDx Talks into tiny, colorful dots — forming constellations of the ideas, issues, and concepts that come together to create conversation and transform communities. Below, their talk:

Visualizing the TEDx idea network


Photo: Kris Krug

Data and analytics company Quid is at the TEDx Action Lab space at TED and TEDActive this year, exploring the TEDx ecosystem through data pulled from 25% of the over 25,000 TEDx Talks, showing how ideas around the globe are connected.

Some interesting facts that emerged:

  • Women aged 24-35 love entrepreneurial talks
  • Men 30+ watch more health talks, young men watch more gaming and social internet talks
  • Cameron Russel’s TEDxMidAtlantic talk is popular with young teen girls 
  • Women watch talks with higher “betweeness centrality” (talks that are more multi-disciplinary), men watch talks with less
Learn more about the Quid and TEDx collaboration (and see the video being shown at TED and TEDActive) in this Mashable article.