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Flickr: Public vs. Private Around the World, A Map

Guess which US state has Flickr users most likely to post their photos with privacy restrictions turned on? Utah. Think you can guess relative emphasis put on privacy by Flickr users in South America vs. South East Asia? How about Hawaii vs. Alaska? (That one might surprise you!)

I’m here at a small meeting of the Yahoo Product Advisory Council and while most of what’s being discussed today has been put under Non Disclosure Agreement, the presentation by the Yahoo! Research Team can be blogged about and includes at least one really interesting visual about Flickr privacy levels around the world.

The following map displays locations where users are more likely to post their photos as “public,” which is the default setting, in green. Places where Flickr users are more likely to put privacy controls on their photos show up in red. The sample set was 1 million Flickr users who self-reported their locations, in 2005, probably just after Flickr was acquired by Yahoo. The map was presented by Principal Research Scientist Elizabeth Churchill. I’m sorry it’s so blurry but I think it’s interesting enough to warrant posting anyway.

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