Heat Maps Catch on Fire

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Zillow’s got ’em. So does Trulia. Crazy Egg will even map your web site activity with them. Basically, any data set can be made visually sexier with a heatmap.

That said, the GeoIQ API renders some of the best looking heat maps that I’ve seen so far. Check out their API Example.

I suspect we’ll be seeing more and more heat map implementations come to market very soon; housing prices, rental prices, cost of living, census data, weather trends, financial data – all can be displayed via a heat map. Consolidating this complex information into a visual representation highlights subtle patterns and illustrates trends very effectively.

Plus it just looks cool (or hot).

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