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Seven Years of Flickr Source Code, Visualized

The source code of a site is an accurate way to see a timeline, sure. But it’s not very colorful. This is.

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Daniel Bogan, known as Waferbaby (whether he’s a nerd, Catholic, or a Catholic nerd is left unclear), created this mesmerizing visualization of Flickr.com, Yahoo’s excellent and immensely popular image uploading service. Thanks to Gizmodo for finding this little gem:

To create this, he used Gource, hosted here on Google. Gource’s visualizations are based on the structure of a tree–the root directory is, coincidentally enough, the “roots,” with other directories appearing as “branches” and files as “leaves.” So when you see a huge new splinter in the video, that might mean a new feature was introduced, along with all its accompanying source code. Is it useful? Not particularly. Pretty? Absolutely, yes.

Dan Nosowitz, the author of this post, can be followed on Twitter, corresponded with via email, and stalked in San Francisco (no link for that one–you’ll have to do the legwork yourself).

About the author

Dan Nosowitz is a freelance writer and editor who has written for Popular Science, The Awl, Gizmodo, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. He holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and currently lives in Brooklyn, because he has a beard and glasses and that's the law

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